In more bad news for mighty Marvel Studios, Latino Review is reporting that writer-director Drew Goddard has left Marvel’s Daredevil. The award-winning Goddard was set to write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer and showrunner for the Netflix series. Since this is a holiday weekend, there’s no confirmation of the news, but Latino Review’s Marvel sources have always been pretty reliable.
The website is also reporting on the reason director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man. He wasn’t fired, and he especially wasn’t fired for being behind schedule. All production delays were caused by Marvel, not the director. Apparently three months ago, Marvel had some notes for Wright and his co-writer, Joe Cornish, who turned in two drafts attempting to satisfy the studio without compromising their vision. Six weeks ago, Marvel gave the script to two less experienced writers, one of whom is from their in-house writing team. The script came in this week, and Wright was not happy with it. It was lower quality, “homogenized,” and not in line with Wright’s vision. Wright met with Marvel on Friday to formally resign.
Wright was hired to write and direct Ant-Man in April 2006, long before Iron-Man was released, back when there was no Marvel Cinematic Universe to speak of. It was always intended to be a standalone movie, but obviously, that changed when Marvel required continuity between all of its films. Apparently Wright feels like Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige always went to bat for him and thinks the changes came from higher up, which means Disney. And there we go.
Marvel, and especially Feige, have been riding high for so long it was inevitable that they would stumble eventually. Losing two really talented writer-directors in a week really looks like a stumble. Hopefully Marvel can replace them without sacrificing quality, but if the assessment of the new Ant-Man script is accurate, it sounds like they already have.
Source: Latino Review
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