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Edgar Wright has left Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

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Ant-Man-WrightIt’s not unheard of by any stretch to have directors leave giant blockbusters over creative differences, but it’s rather unique for it to be when the director in question has been with the project for years. Such is the case today with Edgar Wright and Marvel’s upcoming superhero flick Ant-Man. He’s been the only filmmaker attached and he’s already gotten a cast together, led by Paul Rudd, which makes this rather surprising, to say the least. You can read a bit more below, but I suppose we should sit tight for Marvel to announce who will be taking over, especially since the release date next year is sticking. Stay tuned to see what happens to Ant-Man

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Director Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man, Marvel’s movie project that is to star Paul Rudd.

“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film,” read a statement released on Friday. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

Wright’s exit is a shock since the filmmaker, who would have been one of the more unique voices in Marvel’s pantheon of movie directors, has been with the project since its inception in 2006.

And it’s also shocking since the exit occurs late in the pre-production process. The movie has most of its leads cast. In addition to Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson were on the roll call.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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Jamie Teller

What, did Wright want to make it, you know, cinematically distinctive? God forbid.

Anthony Moseley

Well, there goes the majority of my interest in the film.

Dan Hogan

I think James Gunn had the most mature response to this debacle: “Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that… Read more »

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