Edgar Wright Talks Lengthy Development on ANT-MAN

     May 15, 2012

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Fans have been curious about Marvel’s Ant-Man for quite some time.  Edgar Wright is attached to direct, and he’s been working on the script for the past few years alongside Attack the Block’s Joe CornishThe Avengers made an insane amount of money, so all eyes are on what Marvel Studios has coming up. Marvel president Kevin Feige recently revealed that there are two unannounced Marvel projects currently in development, in addition to Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2.  With word that Ant-Man was coming along nicely, many were hoping that the superhero pic would be Wright’s next film.  However, the director recently set a September start-date for a third film with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost called The World’s End.

Confirmation that The World’s End is finally happening was fantastic news, but fans were left wondering what that meant for Ant-Man.  Wright recently appeared on Empire’s podcast and he talked a bit about fans being impatient regarding Ant-Man.  Hit the jump for more.

edgar-wright-ant-manAppearing on the Empire Online podcast (via CBR), Wright addressed fan frustration over the long development process for Ant-Man:

“I get quite superstitious because I don’t feel like anybody — websites and stuff — quite understands how hard long it takes and because the film websites update hourly, it’s like ‘What’s the fucking hold up? Just make it. Why isn’t it coming out tomorrow?’  But every film that I’ve made has taken like three years. Each one, it’s been three years between movies. I would love for that gap to be shorter, but the truth is there’s — it’s almost like a holding pattern. There are planes in the air and you have to figure out which one is going to land before they all crash.”

It’s a fair point, and as long as Wright is committed to doing the project at some point, I feel like fans should have faith that he’ll get to it when it’s ready.

“Yes, things are happening and other things are happening on other things as well. … There’s some interesting plates spinning and I ideally hope we’ll be shooting this year.”

ant-man-movieWhen Steve talked to Feige about Ant-Man, the Marvel president said to pay attention to Wright’s tweets “in the coming months.”  Sure enough, Wright himself tweeted an Ant-Man tease last week.

When we learned about the start-date for The World’s End, the report stated that plan is to have the film ready for a possible spring 2013 release.  That would certainly free Wright up for the remainder of next year, and assuming no other project takes priority (he’s developing The Night Stalker with Johnny Depp), Ant-Man could very well be underway before the end of 2013.  Feige recently stated that Marvel plans to release two films a year from here on out, and there’s currently an untitled Marvel pic slated for May 2014.

If that date is earmarked for Ant-Man, then fans only have to wait a short while longer until Wright’s superhero flick is in theaters.  However, if Ant-Man doesn’t make that release date or is pushed to 2015, I think we should all give Wright a break.  All of his films are excellent, and if he keeps pumping out supreme quality features then there’s no reason to grow impatient.  Things could be much worse, folks.  At least he’s not on a Terrence Malick schedule.

[Update: This post originally, and erroneously, quoted Wright as saying Ant-Man would be filming next year.  Wright’s quote was misread, and it was my mistake.  A fine commenter points out that this podcast was recorded before The World’s End filming was announced, so Wright is most likely talking about filming that movie this year.  Again, my apologies for the misinformation.]

Listen to the full podcast with Wright below.  The Ant-Man talk is around the 18-minute mark.

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