It’s always awkward when a director is forced to leave a project, and Edgar Wright learned that fact firsthand a couple years back. The fan-favorite director did spend nearly a decade with Marvel Studios as he tried to bring Ant-Man to the big screen. However, when creative differences erupted, Wright ultimately had to walk from the movie. And, now, Wright has admitted he has no plans to ever watch the Marvel film.
Wright is currently doing press rounds for his hotly anticipated film Baby Driver, and Uproxx was able to ask the director about his Ant-Man split. It was during the interview where Wright admitted he hasn’t seen anything for Ant-Man, not even the trailer.
“I haven’t seen it and I haven’t even seen the trailer,” Wright said. “The closest I came to it was that somebody sitting near me on a flight was watching it. And when I saw that the person sitting next to me was going to watch the movie, I thought, hmm, maybe I’m going to do some work on my laptop.”
The split Wright had with Marvel Studios doesn’t appear to be a comfortable one by any means. The director put in years of work into Ant-Man, and Marvel Studios realized too late that Wright’s vision for Scott Lang conflicted with theirs. When Wright walked away from Ant-Man, the director was forced to leave behind years of invested work, but the director doesn’t regret walking away from the project. During a chat with Variety, Wright told the site recently he felt Marvel Studios did not want one of his trademark movies.
“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,” the director admitted.
“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.”
Ultimately, Peyton Reed was brought on to complete Ant-Man, and Wright says he has had no communications with his successor since his exit. “I have no spoke to him at all,” Wright admitted. “I think the last communication I had with him is I said, “Please don’t just use my storyboards,” and then I’ve never spoken to him anymore ever since.”
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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.