Variety confirmed that the Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and The World’s End director has left Marvel’s Ant-Man after being attached to the project since 2006.
A statement from Wright and Marvel said that the decision was “due to differences in their vision of the film,” that it was “amicable,” and that the release date of 17 July 2015 would not change.
Marvel has stated that although a new director has not been signed, “a new director will be announced shortly.”
The cast, including Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson, has been locked. Wilson tweeted his surprise last night.
With the film so close to production, whoever takes Ant-Man on will inherit a lot of pre-production, not to mention the script by Wright and Joe Cornish. It remains to be seen whether any of the cast will drop out, and why exactly Wright’s departure has happened after so many years so close to the film actually rolling.
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