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: