Edgar Wright Reflects On Stepping Away From ‘Ant-Man’

Ant-Man Edgar WrightWhen the first Ant-Man movie was first being worked on back in 2006, the plans were to have Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright helm it. Wright co-wrote the script and kept developing it for years until Paul Rudd was officially cast as Scott Lang. Despite working on Ant-Man for so long and being close to start shooting it, Wright ended up parting ways with Marvel Studios due to creative differences.

Shortly after the announcement of Wright stepping away from the movie, Marvel Studios ended up hiring Peyton Reed to helm the film. Wright recently appeared on Variety’s Playback podcast where he chatted about his history with Ant-Man. The director explained the dynamic he had with Marvel Studios when they were working on Ant-Man which led to him departing the project eventually.

“The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don’t think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. I was the writer-director on it and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that’s a tough thing to move forward. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you’re sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you’re there, really.”

Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian as Kurt and Hannah John-Kamen, is set to come out in theaters on July 6, 2018.

Source: Variety

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Vegas82

    I appreciate his desire to have control of his movies, but did he really think he’d be the only one involved in the scripting process?

    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

      Well it’s not as if we”ll trully really know , or at least anytime soon , if he wanted too much control inside a franchise or if Disney was not willing to give enough . Heck for all we know , they just did not end up liking his script and work on ant-man , and both parted ways with one of the two usual polite and very PR reasons to split with a director “scheduling issues” or “creative differences” .

    • Loop Hughes

      No, and he wasn’t, he was writing with Joe Cornish. But Marvel brought in their house writers to work on the script he had been writing for 8 years. And they presented him a very different script like a month before he was scheduled to shoot.

      • Carl

        He clearly wasn’t writing it for 8 years. He wrote it before the MCU began so by the time Marvel actually got around to green lighting Ant-Man a lot had changed. Marvel clearly needed to make Wright’s script fit into the MCU.