Nerd Rage: ‘Ant-Man’ Loses Edgar Wright


After years of being admired as one of the most forward-thinking and creative companies in cinema, Marvel Studios just announced what could very well be their biggest mistake in years. Edgar Wright, the brilliant mind behind such films as The World’s End and Shaun Of The Dead, is no longer involved in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Ant-Man.

Hitting news outlets roughly two hours before the end of the work week on the East Coast, Marvel announced this afternoon that they have parted ways with Edgar Wright and will be announcing a new director for the Paul Rudd-led Ant-Man film in the near future. The press release was surprisingly short for Marvel. You can read it, in full, below:

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 claims a new director has already been found, but the studio is keeping tight lipped about their identity, presumably so that the internet can spend a few days pissed off before the new guy is revealed.

Wright has been attached to Ant-Man since 2006, so it’s pretty hard to imagine what could have led to this parting of ways. By all accounts the director has been looking forward to this project, and in recent months it felt like production was beginning to pick up quite a bit. We’ll keep an eye out for further details, but it’s likely non-disclosure agreements will keep most the ‘juicy’ information offline.

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