“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions of the film,” read a statement released on Friday. “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.”
Wright’s exit is a shock since the filmmaker, who would have been one of the more unique voices in Marvel’s pantheon of movie directors, has been with the project since its inception in 2006, and the split has occurred late in preproduction.
As opposed to most of its helmers, Wright has not been a director-for-hire, and the project was conceived as a major showcase for the man who made Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
The movie has most of its leads cast. In addition to Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson are on the roll call.
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