Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Certain filmmakers are just always going to do their own thing. Someone like Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson or Quentin Tarantino have no interest in making someone else’s vision. They make films to convey their own vision and if someone asks them to do anything else, that’s the end of the conversation.
It seems more and more likely Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios had that kind of dispute. For several years, Wright had been working on his vision of Ant-Man but once Marvel started to actually consider it, they realized it wasn’t what they wanted. That’s probably what created the “differences in their vision of the film” cited in the original departure statement.
Now, that’s a statement bolstered by Ant-Man co-star Evangeline Lilly. The actress, who was cast by Wright, is in the film as Hank Pym’s daughter Hope Van Dyne. She said that while Wright’s vision for the film was incredibly exciting, she believes it wouldn’t have fit in with the other movies Marvel has created. “It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was,” she says. Read Evangeline Lilly’s Edgar Wright Ant Man quotes below.
Evangeline Lilly spoke to Buzzfeed about her reaction when she heard Wright, who had cast her, had left the project:
[I was] shocked. And mortified, at first. Actually, I wouldn’t say mortified. You know, a creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start. But we all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie. Which is what I was afraid of.
Lilly was scared to do the movie without Wright but when she finally saw the new script, and met with director Peyton Reed, everything made sense:
I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.
Head to Buzzfeed for much more from the actress. It’s a really good profile.
There are few bigger Edgar Wright fans than me. However, this is the first explanation of him leaving the project that actually makes me not mad at Marvel Studios. I honestly think Peyton Reed is going to make a really fun movie, and I do wish we would’ve gotten to see Wright’s version. But if Wright wasn’t going to make a movie in his own style, I’m glad we get an MCU Ant-Man movie and then more Edgar Wright movies in his own unique voice.
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