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Edgar Wright Leaves Marvel's 'Ant-Man'


The issued reportedly started with the script


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. 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 has been working on "Ant-Man" in some capacity since 2006. "We've been working with him longer than any other filmmaker since it's been almost eight years since our initial meeting with him," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Moviefone last year. "I have no doubt it'll be really great."

Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are set to star in "Ant-Man," which is due in theaters on July 17, 2015, a little more than two months after the release of "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron." The character has ties to The Avengers in the comic books, and it's expected that Ant-Man will play a larger role in "Marvel's The Avengers 3" whenever that film comes out. Wright spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about the film last year, explaining that his hope was to make "Ant-Man" more of a standalone feature.

Comics have years to explain this stuff and in a movie you have to focus on one thing. So it's about kind of streamlining, I think. Some of the most successful origin films actually have a narrower focus. You cannot put 50 years of the Marvel universe into a movie. It's impossible.

Wright co-wrote "Ant-Man" with Joe Cornish, the director and writer of "Attack the Block." An Internet-fueled rumor that Cornish would replace Wright on "Ant-Man" was swiftly shot down.





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