It will probably be a long time before we get some truly candid quotes regarding director Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man. Maybe in 20 years when Peter Biskind gets around to whatever book of his that will cover Hollywood from 2000-2020. Today’s comments from Marvel head Kevin Feige on the matter are probably about as frank as things are going to get in the near future. The fact of the matter is that this kind of stuff happens all the time, but the exceptions here are that Wright was on the project for eight years and was only months out from shooting. For whatever reason, Disney and Marvel (with an emphasis on the former most likely) became unhappy with the script fashioned by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish and brought on studio writers to take a crack at a polish. When that polish wasn’t to Wright and Cornish’s liking, they exited the project.
Enter new director Peyton Reed (in my opinion a very talented filmmaker in his own right) and a new revision by Adam McKay (followed up by a production polish). While Feige doesn’t give exact details of what went wrong, he does successfully paint a portrait of a flawed dynamic where everyone is being “too nice.” Which can always lead to problems. Hit the jump for more on the departure of Ant-Man director Edgar Wright as well as a few tidbits about Doctor Strange.