We interrupt your Memorial Day weekend for a potential update on Friday’s biggest story.
Late Friday afternoon Marvel announced director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, a film he’d been attached to since 2006, “due to differences in their vision of the film.” The statement said “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.”
That made the reason for Wright’s departure seem benign. However a new, unconfirmed report goes against that. Latino Review reports the reason Wright left the project is Marvel hired two writers to “homogenize” his and Joe Cornish’s script and the result was so unlike the film they wanted to make, he left. Is this true? Well, Joss Whedon and Simon Pegg might have some clues. Read much more below. Read More »
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There’s no good spin on the news filmmaker Edgar Wright has decided to leave Marvel’s Ant-Man. Wright is one of our most exciting cinematic voices, with a small but powerful resume that had film fans salivating over his take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, his version of the film is something we’ve always assumed would happen, as Wright was attached to Ant-Man back in 2006, long before Iron Man kicked off the current crop of Marvel Studios films.
But now, because of creative differences, Wright has removed himself from the July 2015 film. A replacement is to be announced. So what do we, as film fans, do? We take to Twitter to bitch.
Below, we’ve grabbed the best Twitter responses to Edgar Wright leaving Ant Man. Some funny, some poignant, even some with potentially cryptic knowledge of the backstory. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Ant-Man is getting new director. Edgar Wright has just dropped out of the Marvel movie, owing to “differences in their vision of the film.” Paul Rudd is still leading the cast of the superhero film, which also stars Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. More details after the jump.
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Before we knew there was going to be an Avengers movie, we knew Edgar Wright wanted to make Ant-Man. Wright was on stage at San Diego Comic-Con in 2006 when Kevin Feige first teased the collective Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, Marvel has produced ten films in the same continuity with the eleventh, Avengers: Age of Ultron, currently in production.
Once that’s out, Phase Three will kick off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. It’s a film that has not only been in development for a long time, but, according to Kevin Feige, had some direct influence in how they built the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first two phases. Because Feige and the rest of Marvel knew what Wright, along with co-writer Joe Cornish, wanted to do with Ant-Man, that helped paved the path for The Avengers. Read More »
Patrick Wilson is joining Ant-Man, to be directed by Edgar Wright, in a role that is yet to be revealed. He was often brought up by speculators as a good choice for Hank Pym, the originator of the Ant-Man technology, but he won’t have that role in the film.
Wilson adds to the existing roster of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Pena. Rudd is playing Scott Lang, at one point a thief and eventually the second Ant-Man, while Douglas is playing Pym. Read More »
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When Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man hits screens next year, it will have a score from Steve Price. The composer had two films in theaters last year. One was Wright’s The World’s End, and the other is a picture he just won a BAFTA for scoring, Gravity.
Wright tweeted a congrats to Price, mostly as a way to announced that they would be working together once more on Ant-Man. Read More »
Edgar Wright‘s The World End opened in August 2013. Rewind two years before that to the time when the film was early in development, and he and co-writer Simon Pegg basically had the whole thing figured out. Pegg took to Twitter to post an awesome close-up of his and Wright’s rough, very early outline from August 2011. That’s a small version above, the close-up is below. Read More »
Briefly: While her turn on Lost should have been an instant star-making situation, it has taken a couple extra years for Evangeline Lilly to be established as a movie presence. (Or for her to decide to take roles; she’s likely had all the opportunity you’d expect her to be offered.) Her role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug may have done the trick, however, and now Lilly is in early talks to join the cast of Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man.
THR says she would be the female lead, but doesn’t specify the role. The trade only says it would not be a one-off gig. In other words, the headline could be “Evangeline Lilly joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” She must be playing a version of Wasp, which would put her in a prime spot for the third Avengers film.
Also cast are Michael Douglas, as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michael Pena. Ant-Man is set for release on July 17, 2015.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by David Chen
The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?
Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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