Is Ant-Man Setting Up To Be Disney/Marvel’s First Disaster?!
Let’s look at a few points, shall we?
- Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish have an Ant-Man script & started working with Marvel Studios way back in 2006 to get this film made—a character they had personally been working on since 2003 when Artisan Entertainment had the rights. Marvel worked with Wright for 8 years to get the film and story worked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even reworking parts of the Universe itself so this Ant-Man vision would fit right in.
- May 23, 2014, Marvel and Wright announced that he was leaving the project, due to differences in their vision of the film. That translates to “after all the time and money spent developing Ant-Man & fitting the Wright/Cornish story into the MCU, Disney/Marvel decided they wanted to tell a completely different story and not allow Wright to do what he was hired to do.’ Disney/Marvel actually had a couple of low-budget writers come in and rewrite their script. That’s why they walked away from a project they had been working on for 11 years.. and I can’t say I blame them.
- The following week, Adam McKay had entered negotiations to replace Wright as director, but pulled his name out of the hat on the very next day.
- On June 7, 2014, Marvel announced that Peyton Reed will direct the film. You may recognize Reed’s name from such classics as Bring It On, Down With Love, and The Break Up—I did not. I had to Google him. At the same time, it was revealed that although McKay would not be directing, he would be rewriting Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish’s draft of the film’s script.
That brings us current. July 7, 2014: I am reading that Adam McKay has now left the project, though no reason has been given as of yet. Two new guys have now been hired to rewrite Ant-Man—Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer. Two more people I’ve never heard of, but Google tells me that they wrote an unproduced script titled Die In a Gunfight that been in development hell for about 5 years; Haunt; and the new Sabrina the Teenage Witch film that we may or may not see come 2017.
Disney/Marvel still claim that Ant-Man is hitting theaters July 17th, 2015, but at the rate things are going I’m not sure how much longer I will care. This film is starting to have all of the problems that X3 (or X-Men: The Last Stand for those of you who care) took into production.
And we all know what a big piece of shit that one turned into.