Two weeks ago, Edgar Wright abruptly left Ant-Man, the project he’s been developing and working on for years, and all the rumors suggest that the reason Wright left was because Marvel wouldn’t respect his vision for the film. They brought in some low-level screenwriters and put it through the Marvel movie machine and added in some extra bits to ensure continuity with the Marvel Universe and boom! Bob’s your pear-shaped uncle.
So, Edgar Wright walked off the project he’s shepherded from the beginning, leaving Marvel with a real problem on their hands: A release date a year from now, and the need to hire a director to come in and basically execute another guy’s watered-down vision. Unsurprisingly, no one wants it. Adam McKay apparently entered into negotiations and then quickly dropped out, Ruben Fleischer didn’t even get that far, and a couple of days ago, Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers) passed on the project.
I wonder why?
It’s a no-win situation for any director that comes aboard. If Ant-Man succeeds, Edgar Wright still gets all the credit, and if it fails, the hired-hand gets all the blame, and either way, the guy they bring aboard is going to end up being the douchebag scab that that took another guy’s job.
That’s the exact sentiment that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) expressed when asked by MTV if they’d be interested in taking over.
“It seems like a tough person’s shoes to step into, you know what I mean?” Miller said on the prospect. “It’s tough to have that as the specter hanging over, what would have been, and what could have been. It seems kind of tough.”
“We’re fans and buddies of Edgar, so…” Miller continued.
“It would be like Spielberg making ‘A.I.’ It’s like, I don’t know what to do with it,” Lord added on the prospect. “This guy’s a genius, I feel strange.”
Their choice to replace Edgar Wright? Edgar Wright!
“A logical choice would be Edgar Wright… To finish an Edgar Wright film,” Lord said, laughing. “I mean, Joe Cornish, that would make a lot of sense. Or if they, like, decided to abandon ship and try again years from now it would make more sense.”
Screenwriter Joe Cornish would be a decent choice, but there’s no way he dicks over his friend, right?
One thing is for certain: The guy that Marvel eventually hires is not going to be one of the most disliked guys in Hollywood, unless of course they hire Edgar Wright … or they kill Edgar Wright and have Jason Ritter grow out his hair and change his name to Edgar Wright.