Edgar Wright, director of beloved comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, has departed Marvel’s Ant-Man, citing creative differences with the studio.
This might come as a huge surprise given the fact that Wright has been developing the project for the better part of a decade, originally coming aboard way back in 2006. It’s unclear exactly what those creative differences are or why they didn’t get worked out until now. The film is mere weeks away from shooting, with a screenplay that Wright co-wrote. Marvel says they’ve already found a replacement director, but have yet to name who it is. Ant-Man is still scheduled to hit theatres on July 17, 2015.
Here’s the official word from Marvel:
Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.