Joss Whedon shows support for outgoing director…
Marvel claims its superhero flick Ant-Man is still on track to hit its July 2015 release date, despite losing its director and a possible replacement in the space of two weeks. Director Edgar Wright walked away from the project at the end of May, while first choice replacement Adam McKay (Anchorman) ruled himself out thanks to an already packed schedule. Industry rumours now suggest We’re The Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber may take up the reins.
Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish first wrote a treatment for an Ant-Man movie back in 2003, when Artisan Entertainment held the rights to the Marvel character, finally putting that project into production with Disney/Marvel almost a decade later. However, Wright walked away citing “creative differences” after the studio made revisions to the script without his permission.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron director Joss Whedon showed support for Wright by tweeting a picture of himself holding a Cornetto – as Wright’s films Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End are known as the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy.
Wright’s enthusiasm for the film was clear to see, as he greeted Comic-Con crowds in 2012 clutching an issue of Ant-Man he bought as a kid. He also screened an impressive test reel showing Ant-Man confronting two Matrix-style agents. Slick, thrilling and unique, the footage had crowds going wild (“one journalist called it ‘size fu’, which I think is very apt,” says Wright) – and revealed early concept designs for the character’s suit, comprising an exoskeleton with mouth-covering apparatus. Whoever takes on the job has some big shoes to fill.