Marvel’s production of Ant-Man has had a lot of trouble lately. What was once a very anticipated movie is sliding into obscurity. With the resignation of director Edgar Wright, Marvel was in the unfortunate position of finding a new director.
It was announced over the weekend that Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring it On) has been chosen to take over the director’s chair and Adam McKay (Anchorman) has been hired to clean up the script for the film.
I felt it was a giant mistake not giving Wright the flexibility to bring forth the movie that he got us all excited for at Comic-Con. Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way. Recently, Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas revealed his feelings on Wright's departure on a video on the website Schmoes Know. He said that he was “disappointed” by the fact that Wright was no longer the director of Ant-Man. Douglas is set to play classic Marvel character Hank Pym in Ant-Man, and he had this to say:
"I was, very disappointed. I’m a big fan of his movies [and] it’s a very disappointing situation."
He went on to say:
"[It] happened very late in the game [and] I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar. He’s been involved with the project for a long time, but he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”
You can watch the whole video below. I am with Douglas on this one; it is a very disappointing situation. Unfortunately, I feel that without Wright directing this movie it will fail. Wright had the love of the story and the cast support. He was the true visionary behind this project. The only way I can see this being saved is if Marvel puts its tail between its legs, apologizes, and lets Wright come back and make the film that he had originally planned.
In most cookie cutter movies, the switching of a director can be done at any point. Wright’s movies are far from cookie cutter, and they come from the heart of a fanboy. He knows why we go to the theater because he goes for the same reasons. So, with Wright leaving Ant-Man, I don’t see this project ever fully recovering. I guess we will have to wait and see if Marvel made the right decision in letting Wright go.