Much like the rest of you, I was saddened and dismayed when Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish, exited Ant-Man. Being a huge fan of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, as well as the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End), I was really excited to see what Edgar could do with the character. When the film was officially announced, I was so excited because I felt like no one could make this movie better than he could. But… “shit happens”, I suppose is an accurate assessment of the situation. Marvel and Edgar Wright felt as if they had different visions for the film, and since Marvel owns Ant-Man, Edgar humbly stepped down from the project.
Michael Douglas, who has been cast as Hank Pym had this to say recently:
“I was very disappointed, I’m a big fan of his movies. It was a very disappointing situation. It happened very late into the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar. He’d been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”
James Gunn, director of Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, put it best though, I feel, when he said this…
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
Over the weekend, Marvel announced their new creative team for the film. Peyton Reed will be taking over directing duties, and Adam McKay will be contributing to the script.
Peyton Reed’s resume might make most hardcore comic nerds skeptical. His major motion picture credits are Down With Love, The Break-Up, and Yes Man. However, most people don’t know that he also directed The Weird Al show, several episodes of The Upright Citizens Brigade, and a few episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and Dave. Basically, the guy knows comedy. Also, let’s not forget that prior to Iron Man, Jon Favreau had only done Made, Elf, and Zathura: A Space Adventure (which was a bastard sequel to the far-superior Jumanji), and IM has become one of the absolute best superhero films of all-time.
I’ve been a fan of Adam McKay’s work for a long time. From the first Anchorman to… well, to Anchorman 2, his movies have always been great. Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, all hilarious films that I can watch over and over again. I think it’s safe to say that, with this duo of filmmakers on board as well as Paul Rudd signed on to play Ant-Man, Marvel is definitely looking to bring more “funny” to this picture. They seem to really enjoy having a fair balance of funny and action.
I get that Marvel and Edgar Wright had creative differences, and I do worry that the Marvel/Disney head honchos might be getting egotistical about their success so far which is causing them to meddle more with the filmmakers’ vision, but ultimately I try to have faith in what the writers, directors, and producers are putting together. I don’t know all that much about Peyton Reed, but I feel like Adam McKay is not the kind of guy who would sign on to a project just to do what he’s told by faceless suits. I trust he’s got some good ideas on how to keep the integrity of the project while also giving Marvel/Disney what they want and keeping that July 17th, 2015 release date.
Overall, I’m just one of those “Happy to be here” people. I’m excited that I get a chance to see Ant-Man come to life on the big screen at all, so I try to keep the pompous-ass attitude to a minimum. I’ll be the first one in line for the flick when it comes out and I’ll see it more than once, cause that’s what I do. I’m a fan, not a critic.