Edgar Wright Revealed Why He Left Ant-Man

Posted 2017/06/22 2572 0

Long before director Peyton Reed touched Marvel’s Ant-Man, there was another man tasked with bringing the pint-sized hero to life.


In 2006, two years before Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel hired Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright to direct and co-write an Ant-Man movie. Wright was attached to the tiny crimefighter's movie for eight years, but three months before Ant-Man was scheduled to begin shooting, Wright departed over creative differences. There have been various reports since then about what specifically led Wright to leave Ant-Man, and in a new interview, he set the record straight by explaining that his exit was primarily motivated by the lack of control he ultimately had with the blockbuster. According to Wright:

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. It was a really heartbreaking decision to have to walk away after having worked on it for so long, because me and Joe Cornish in some form---it's funny some people say, 'Oh they've been working on it for eight years,' and that was somewhat true, but in that time I had made three movies. So it wasn't like I was working on it full time. But after The World's End, I did work on it for like a year, I was gonna make the 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.

The split appears to have worked out well for everyone involved, as Peyton Reed came in to helm Ant-Man following Wright’s departure at the eleventh hour. The movie garnered critical success and earned enough at the box office for Marvel to greenlight a sequel, titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, with Reed back on board to direct.

Meanwhile, Wright went on to write and direct Baby Driver which, on the heels of positive early reviews, could be primed for a big debut as it races into theaters on June 28, 2017.

In Ant-Man, forced out of his own company by former protégé Darren Cross, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits the talents of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a master thief just released from prison. Lang becomes Ant-Man, trained by Pym and armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size, possess superhuman strength and control an army of ants. The miniature hero must use his new skills to prevent Cross, also known as Yellowjacket, from perfecting the same technology and using it as a weapon for evil.

Ant-Man was directed by Peyton Reed, with a screenplay by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd, and stars Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas.