12:06 am - 05/24/2014

RUMOR: Edgar Wright Was Fired from "Ant-Man" Over Production Delays

An official announcement says Marvel and Edgar Wright parted amicably from their Ant-Man adaptation, but there are suspicions that Wright was abruptly fired from his passion project.

Friday afternoon it was announced by Marvel that Edgar Wright had surprisingly decided to leave Ant-Man’s film adaptation with Marvel “due to differences in their vision of the film.” They also said that this parting was “amicable,” which many have found a bit suspicious.

Edgar Wright is a passionate director, with an incredibly loyal fanbase, and the fact that he has been working on an Ant-Man adaptation for over eight years brings up some question as to whether he would willingly leave a project that he’s wanted to make for nearly a decade.

Ant-Man’s adaption even more exciting, considering Marvel had become such a well-oiled machine and they were giving a director like Edgar Wright a chance to take on a film adaption of a somewhat unknown superhero. It became even better when he made the exciting choice to sign actor Paul Rudd to star in the film as Ant-Man.

Everything seemed to be lining up perfectly, but then suddenly Edgar Wright decides he doesn’t want to make Ant-Man with Marvel anymore. How could Marvel and Wright go from starting a new superhero franchise together to parting ways after most of the characters had been cast?

The release date is just over a year away, meaning Wright had most likely finished the majority of pre-production and may have even begun shooting in the next few weeks.

We’re talking months, possibly years, of work that Wright had completed on the film and now he’s just leaving – amicably. Rumors have emerged suggesting that Wright was floundering, crumbling under the pressures of such a massive production and was costing the studio precious time and money, but that’s never been a problem for him before.

Marvel’s methods clearly work, but the departure of a director’s passion project such as Edgar Wright with Ant-Man brings up the question as to whether the method is always worth the cost.

No one truly knows what happened between the director and the studio, but there’s no question that Wright did not amicably leave the film. He was fired or asked to leave, take your pick.


There's also this post on (ugh) Reddit, take from it what you will:

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morgan90 24th-May-2014 04:09 am (UTC)
Like I said in the last post, IDK if it's better or worse that he left because he got fired, and not because of creative issues
dianakingston 24th-May-2014 06:25 am (UTC)
If he got fired for those reasons, there's a good chance the script will mostly stay intact - small comfort, but...
magnetic_rose92 24th-May-2014 04:09 am (UTC)

I wanna hear what Wright has to say about this.
rabbitncavylove 24th-May-2014 04:23 am (UTC)
I don't really see him saying anything for professional reasons. Maybe in several years?
morgan90 24th-May-2014 04:32 am (UTC)
He'll probably release a pleasantly-worded statement about his love for the project and wishing the cast and crew the best of luck. It'll take a long time for the actual story to come out.
ace_kay 24th-May-2014 04:12 am (UTC)
metrobaroque 24th-May-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
no thank you
jellycar 24th-May-2014 04:17 am (UTC)
lestat 24th-May-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
smh dave
insaynejayne 24th-May-2014 04:21 am (UTC)
hemsworth 24th-May-2014 04:26 am (UTC)
dave go to bed
lestat 24th-May-2014 04:27 am (UTC)
snoozeen 24th-May-2014 04:30 am (UTC)
or maybe we can fire him too
winter_lace 24th-May-2014 04:35 am (UTC)
son... just don't
jdgrl47 24th-May-2014 04:44 am (UTC)
No. And this is coming from someone who loves The Avengers movie and most of Joss' projects.
tencrush 24th-May-2014 05:26 am (UTC)

Let's not. I love Joss, but no.
ace_kay 24th-May-2014 04:12 am (UTC)
ilikeandrewbird 24th-May-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
He looks v v fuckable
odd_fish_stick 24th-May-2014 04:23 am (UTC)
destroyedatsea 24th-May-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
If that's the case, everyone else shitting on Marvel in the other post... lol
morgan90 24th-May-2014 04:16 am (UTC)
It's still a shitty situation either way. This film was Wright's baby and he had a history with it that pre-dated the first Iron Man; some bad shit must have gone down for either Marvel to fire him or for him to leave the project so late in the game.
destroyedatsea 24th-May-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh totally, I'm sad about it. I'd love to see the finished product and he's so well suited to direct an MCU title.
knighter480 24th-May-2014 04:14 am (UTC)
I can 100% see this being the case when it has taken outrageously long for things to get started with this film when it is do out next year.
rabbitncavylove 24th-May-2014 04:25 am (UTC)
It hasn't been that long? It wasn't officially greenlit until recently. Then casting went pretty quick. He has just been developing it for awhile.
knighter480 24th-May-2014 06:24 am (UTC)
They announced this film yrs ago. lol. After all the prep I would assume they would have been like "Okay...wait a second...something isn't right about Edgar still taking this long after we have greenlit the project" and decided it was best to move on because of the schedule.

Edited at 2014-05-24 06:25 am (UTC)
milkchokolate 24th-May-2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Nooo :(
kamikashi 24th-May-2014 04:15 am (UTC)
how convenient that a rumor that puts all the blame on edgar pops up so quickly.

they allowed him years to go on his own pace, making another movie for his sick colleague instead of working on ant man. i doubt edgar would then slow his pace so much that it would be a fire-able offense as a thank you to marvel.
dianakingston 24th-May-2014 06:28 am (UTC)
Unless Ant-Man is supposed to factor into other MCU stories - that would create scheduling issues if Wright kept being delayed...
justbolognese 24th-May-2014 08:47 am (UTC)
his sick colleague?
alfendi 24th-May-2014 11:08 am (UTC)
For The World's End:

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright stepped up work on their new movie The World’s End after their producer friend Eric Fellner was diagnosed with cancer because they wanted him to see the finished film.
The pair had been procrastinating over the third installment in their unofficial comedy trilogy when celebrated producer Fellner became ill, so they cleared their schedule and prioritised the film for him.
Fighting back tears, writer/director Wright tells Culture magazine, “We (Pegg and I) promised we’d do it (finish the movie). Not to be morbid, but if for any reason Eric didn’t see it, I would never forgive myself. So Simon and I started writing – I’m starting to well up – Simon and I started writing two weeks later.”
Wright admits he postponed work on a blockbuster adaptation of comic book hero Ant-Man to finish The World’s End, which is due for release in the U.K. later this month, just weeks after Fellner was reportedly given the all-clear in his cancer battle.
Fellner is named as a producer on The World’s End, as well as Wright and Pegg’s previous movie, 2007′s Hot Fuzz, while his film company, Working Title, also produced the first movie, 2004′s Shaun of the Dead.

planetrob 24th-May-2014 04:15 am (UTC)
Who is Edgar Wright in this world? What has he done?
morgan90 24th-May-2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced, The World's End, Attack the Block, Scott Pilgrim

He's a fantastic auteur director who you should educate yourself about

la_petite_singe 24th-May-2014 04:19 am (UTC)
bulastar 24th-May-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
Did he really do 'Attack the Block?'
jellycar 24th-May-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
finchburg 24th-May-2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
Bless you. Also he directed the Grindehouse trailer "Don't" which was fantastic.
destroyedatsea 24th-May-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Your icon with this post, the shade, i'm hyperventilating
thejoker 24th-May-2014 04:48 am (UTC)
oh hon
la_petite_singe 24th-May-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
My interest in this movie PLUMMETED when I heard this news. Just...

morgan90 24th-May-2014 04:21 am (UTC)
TBH I wouldn't be shocked if this was a subtle effort by Marvel to kill the film; I have no clue who could replace Wright this late in the game and not have the final product be a disaster
rabbitncavylove 24th-May-2014 04:25 am (UTC)
They already have a release date, the cast, and spent tons of money already though?
jellycar 24th-May-2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I read a report earlier saying they've already replaced him, just waiting for the right time to reveal who it is
somnus_angel 24th-May-2014 05:07 am (UTC)
I agree Dean.
prettyfoot 24th-May-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
I want to know the real reason why he left the production way more than whatever happened in the elevator.
jellycar 24th-May-2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Aww :( I feel really bad for him... I wonder if he'll speak out about this
alfendi 24th-May-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
Edgar being so fucking excited and passionate about this for years upsets me so much. :(
go_anna40 24th-May-2014 04:20 am (UTC)
I feel like a confused and angry child of divorce. I don't even know who to be mad at, because I love both Edgar Wright and Marvel, flaws and all.

Still guttered by this. This has genuinely ruined my weekend.

Best case scenario (IN MY DREAMS) for this is for Joe Cornish to direct with Edgar still heavily involved.
go_anna40 24th-May-2014 04:27 am (UTC)
Actually, best case scenario would be either:

A) Marvel realises what fools they were and ask Edgar back, which he gracefully accepts and we all pretend this never happened.

B) Marvel realises that without Edgar, they have no chance in hell, scrap the movie and announce Black Panther and Ms/Captain Marvel. And keep Patrick Wilson.
beoweasel 24th-May-2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Isn't a Black Panther movie already in the planning phase?
lilith20godrich 24th-May-2014 09:29 am (UTC)
I think Cornish is one of Edgar's best friends, there is no way he is getting involved after his friend was fired from his passion project he was developing for years.
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