The internet community was collectively shocked this past Friday when it was revealed that director Edgar Wright had parted ways with Marvel Studios and would no longer be directing the big screen adaptation of Ant-Man, a film he had been attached to since 2006. In a joint statement, the pair said the split was due to "differences in their vision of the film."
The next day Latino-Review brought word that the reason for Wright's departure was the script for the film. Marvel Studios reportedly had some notes about the script and tasked the rewrite to someone other than Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish which resulted in a script very unlike Wright's vision for the film. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is echoing this story in a new piece but also elaborates on a few other behind-the-scenes problems, including the heads of the departments for the film leaving the project a few weeks ago when it became clear there would be delays in the start of production.
The search for a new director is currently ongoing and will likely be announced in the coming weeks as Marvel Studios have already confirmed that this delay in production will not impact the previously-set July 17, 2015 release date. Check back here for further updates on Ant-Man as we learn them.
Set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll, Ant-Man follows a biochemist Dr. Hank Pym using his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects. Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas stars as Hank Pym.