More Rumors Swirl Over Reasons For Edgar Wright’s Departure From ‘Ant-Man’

More Rumors Swirl Over Reasons For Edgar Wright's Departure From 'Ant-Man'

Now that “Ant-Man” has a director in Peyton Reed (“Bring It On,” “Down With Love“), with Adam McKay rewriting the script, the saga over Edgar Wright‘s sudden departure is over, right? Wrong. His exit still looms large over the movie, and likely will for a while, until he officially weighs in on what happened, or Marvel steps out from their string of press releases to talk about it. Until then, the rumor mill will continue to churn.

And so, the word thus far is that Wright bailed on the movie when Marvel essentially took the script and tossed it to some in house writers to bring it closer to what they wanted (read the full story here). Wright hated the result and bailed on the movie, leaving Marvel to scramble to find a substitute. But what exactly were those requested changes?

Well, we’ve heard Marvel wanted a less morally complex hero (the fact that he was a thief probably didn’t help) and more ties to the Marvel-verse, but these latest rumors suggest a couple of other theories. According to a writer formerly of What Would Tyler Durden Do (so yes, take source with grain of salt), Disney wanted greater product placement and that part of Wright’s reason for leaving was that he wasn’t going to be given the control he wanted over those in-movie ads. 

Something about that posit makes little sense to us. Neither Marvel or Disney have exercised a vast amount of product placement to date, and it makes little to no sense in the Marvel movies when the brand being promoted are the comic book heroes themselves. In fact, Disney doesn’t need to sell products in their movies, but the product they are selling are the characters themselves which they make a mint from in licensing. But this next rumor does have a bit more logic behind it.

Over at AICN, they write “a high premium was placed on current cultural references” at Marvel (evidently one included Lang being a driver at the “pink mustache” car service Lyft). And given the hire of McKay to punch up the script, we could see that being true. It could also be the kind of thing to make a character that most mainstream audiences aren’t familiar with a bit more relatable.

Either way, whatever we see on screen won’t be the script that Wright and Joe Cornish had penned. But Simon Pegg has read it and tweeted his mourning (see below) for what could have been. Which leads us to ask: when is the original screenplay going to leak? If Quentin Tarantino‘s barely distributed “The Hateful Eight” managed to worm its way online, we’d say it’s only a matter of time until “Ant-Man” does too. And then fans can truly read for themselves the disconnect between Wright’s vision and final result. [via FilmDrunk/AV Club]


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spoon

where does this leave joe cornballs?

Reliable Source

you wanna know why Edgar Wright left "Ant-man"???? i will tell you fools why….. BECAUSE YOU SUCKAZ AINT THE BOSS OF MEEEEEE!! HAHAHAHAHAHAH THATS RIGHT FOOLS, THA BIG E.W. DOES WHAT THE FRACK HE WANTS! KING KONG AINT GOT NUTHIN ON ME!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAH BOOYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob's your uncle, folks– gotcha! Contrary to any previous statement, I'm not really Edgar Wright. I'm merely pulling the old proverbial "wool" over your eyes, so to speak; a "punk'd", I believe the young kiddies call it today. Well then, pip pip and cheerio, old sports!

AND SUCK ON IT FOOOLZ DIS REAALLLY IZ E.W. !!!! BOOOYAH I WIN—

Just kidding again.

Perlmutterstepdown

why say blanket terms like 'Disney' and 'Marvel' when you should just say Perlmutter.. Perlmutter is destroying Marvel from every angle. He's gone power mad and even close associates are starting to see this. He's got Scroge Mcduck gold syndrome!! hes gone qwack!! Once Robert Jr, and Joss whedon get sick of bs and step down expect it all to go up in flames.. thank god.. then Marvel can get back to making good comic books..

DJ

It looks like Marvel were looking to make some instant cash for the project based on the fact that Ant-Man isn't as well-known as some of the other characters, and the fact that Wright's last little-known comic book character movie was a flop (although it's a great film). Maybe they're not into taking as many risks as they were a few years back? Who knows. I just hope Wright keeps making great films, which of course he will.

Michelle S.

Considering GotG isn't even set in our galaxy, other than maybe Quill's tape player, what kind of product placement could they do? It's not like they're going to run across a Pepsi machine or something.

AVG

Wow, seriously? Still mumbling about this issue? Let it go… just let it go. The issue is solved, amicably. Let Wright and Marvel/Disney walk their separate way peacefully. No need to restart a fire when it's already burnt away. Please don't feed internet troll trying to take opportunity to get additional clicks…

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I don't know what you're talking about saying marvel and Disney haven't practiced a lot of product placement before. Thor was basically non-stop product placement for bullshit like Facebook and Starbucks, just for one example. Either way, poor decision on the part of marvel/Disney. The few people who were interested in an antman movie only were because of Edgar Wright.

Chris

Peyton Reed did NOT direct – or have anything to do with – "Fantastic Four."

robopanda

Did you get this directly from the WWTDD guy or from the site you forgot to link?

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