Though Edgar Wright spent nearly a decade working on Ant-Man with Marvel Studios before departing over creative differences, the auteur says he’s still never seen the final film. Without Wright’s involvement, Ant-Man likely wouldn’t have been a film on the Marvel slate. Though pitched along with a number of other projects that have yet to manifest, it was the vision of the idiosyncratic writer and director that helped to keep it alive for so long. By the time Marvel realized Wright’s singular vision was clashing with theirs, the film was far enough along that it was better to finish it than scrap it.
It’s a move that’s similar to the recent events involving Lucasfilm and Phil Lord & Chris Miller on the Han Solo movie. And while the fate of that film still hangs in the balance, Ant-Man managed to win over fans and critics with Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd, and Adam McKay’s rework of the film. But despite performing well and having a sequel on the way, Wright is in no hurry to check out the movie.
“I haven’t seen it and I haven’t even seen the trailer…The closest I came to it was that somebody sitting near me on a flight was watching it. And when I saw that the person sitting next to me was going to watch the movie, I thought, hmm, maybe I’m going to do some work on my laptop.”
While it may seem silly for the director to avoid the movie, it is somewhat understandable. After all, he spent a considerable amount of his time and energy investing in a vision that was ultimately cast aside along with him. And while he says he doesn’t regret leaving the film, it would be hard for Wright to view the movie without picking it apart. As for any issues between him and Reed, Wright admits they essentially haven’t had any communication.
“I have not spoken to him at all. I think the last communication I had with him is I said, “’Please don’t just use my storyboards,’ and then I’ve never spoken to him anymore ever since.”
Luckily, Wright is still doing the work he wants to. Baby Driver, which premieres tomorrow, is already being showered in accolades and looks in many ways to be closer to Wright’s vision for Ant-Man. Meanwhile, the Marvel film will once again put Reed behind the camera for next year’s sequel, which is about to shoot next month. Fans have also been promised some big news regarding the sequel soon, though it’s doubtful that it’s an announcement that Edgar Wright will be making a cameo appearance.
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