In a very surprising announcement, Marvel has revealed that Edgar Wright will no longer direct the Ant-Man movie. It’s a bit of a shock as the movie has its main cast and a release date, and Wright has been working on it since its inception in 2006 – so it’s not like he isn’t heavily invested.
However the studio has issued the statement: ‘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.’
Variety reports that the studio has already found a replacement – which isn’t surprising as they’re keeping the release date – which would suggest Wright’s departure has been in the works for some time now. It’s also led many to suggest the new helmer could be Attack The Block’s Joe Cornish, who co-wrote the Ant-Man script alongside Wright. That’s just speculation at the moment though.
At the moment it seems Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Clifton Collins Jr., Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll remain attached to star.
Expect more news on exactly who will be taking over very soon.