In what has to be the most disappointing news since Marvel started making their own movies, cult favorite movie director Edgar Wright has left the “Ant-Man” movie just weeks before it was supposed to start production. Wright has been working on the movie for eight years now, and Marvel producer Kevin Feige has said on occasion that Wright had a hand in the direction that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has travelled to this point.
The reason that Wright quit is rumored to be script related. Despite Feige always trumpeting how excited he was about Wright’s vision, there are people over Feige’s head that sent back notes for the script that Wright and his screenwriting partner Joe Cornish scripted. While they tried to make their Disney bosses happy, while keeping their vision in place, it wasn’t enough and the script was sent to other writers to make changes. When Wright got the new script, he quit his job as director.
This is very disappointing because Wright has built up a huge fan base by breathing life into many different genres, and what he could do with a comic book superhero movie was exciting.
“Shaun of the Dead”
Wright’s breakout movie was the 2004 zombie film “Shaun of the Dead.” While zombies now are all the rage, things were different when Wright released his movie. Zombies were pretty much dead at that time and Wright not only breathed new life into the genre, but also impressed George Romero, the man who invented the zombies fans love today. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost stars in the movie as two friends who are trying to survive the zombie outbreak, while Wright compares being a zombie to living life by just drifting along. George Romero was so impressed that he invited Pegg and Wright to have a cameo in his next zombie movie, “Land of the Dead.”
Next up for Wright was the buddy cop genre with “Hot Fuzz,” as he brought Pegg and Frost back together again. Pegg stars as Nicholas Angel, a super cop who was transferred from London to a small country town because he was making the other cops look bad. He befriends a second generation cop who just wants his life to be like those in his favorite movies, “Point Break” and “Bad Boys II.” The film shows a great love for the movies that came before and proved that Wright had an expert’s eye for the genre.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
Wright took a break with his next movie when he adapted the comic book “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” While not about superheroes, he brought the comic book to life on the big screen in a very loyal manner as Scott Pilgrim learns that he has to defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes. There are some fantastic appearances by names like Chris Evans, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman, as Wright proved a master at adapting a comic book.
“The World’ End”
While Wright has been working on “Ant-Man” for many years, he had one more personal movie to put out before he got started on making the Marvel movie. “The World’s End” came out in 2013 and brought back Pegg and Frost once again for the conclusion of their “trilogy.” This movie gave Wright a chance to tell a sci-fi story that was very similar to that of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” where five friends return to their home town for a pub crawl, thanks to one of the group who has been unable to grow up. With that movie finished, Wright was back to Marvel, but sadly that will never happen now.