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Michael Douglas ‘Very Disappointed’ By Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Departure

The Ant-Man drama is over — or, at least, the dust has settled for now.

Over the weekend, Marvel confirmed Peyton Reed as the new director of Ant-Man, with Anchorman and Step Brothers mastermind Adam McKay working on the script. Previously, McKay was rumored to direct the film, but he ultimately passed on that job.

Reed steps in to fill the void left by Edgar Wright, who exited Ant-Man late last month due to creative differences with Marvel. However, even with a new director in placed, there’s an air of disappointment surrounding the Wright’s departure from the long-developing project.

“I was very disappointed,” Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym, told Schmoes Know. “I’m a big fan of his movies. It was a very disappointing situation. It happened very late into the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered.”

“My heart goes out to Edgar,” he continued. “He’d been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”

Opening July 17, 2015, Ant-Man also stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, with Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson and Matt Gerald all reported to have roles.


  • Steve Boeckel

    What were the differences that caused the split? Did Wright want to take the character too far from the Marvel vision? If so, Marvel did the right thing by letting him walk. Hollywood types are pretty consistent in screwing things up when they are left to their own “creative vision”. Fox studios handling of both the past and present versions of The Fantistic Four are the perfect example.

  • Tophman

    In all likelihood we’ll never know what the ‘creative differences’ were. From what I’ve read from Wright’s interviews, he’s a fan of the material (just look at his well-crafted Ant-Man fight scene test footage).

    It’s more likely that Marvel is pressuring him to rewrite the story to better fit their plans for the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the reason John Favreau left Iron Man 3 (after all the frustrating changes Marvel demanded while he was making IM2 plus the tight schedule).

    Nevertheless, I’ll definitely be curious as to how Marvel’s Ant-Man works out and will definitely look forward to Wright’s next project.

  • Alex Hayden

    I’m sure I’ll end up seeing it. I see them all eventually. But I have to admit being much less interested now that Wright is gone. I don’t really care about Ant-Man, but Wright being involved made it an automatic opening weekend viewing for me.

  • penguintruth

    Let’s face it. Wright was the only reason any of us gave a crap that Hollywood was making an Ant-Man movie.

  • Marc McFly

    he should do an Atom movie for Warner Bros.


    Wright isn’t a Hollywood type though, he’s been champion of the independent community since shaun of the dead

  • Glenn Simpson

    Holy crap they better film this quick, Douglas doesn’t look like he’s going to be around much longer…

  • PretenderNx01

    Which is cool but this isn’t an Indie film either, it’s a big studio pic that has to tie into all of their other big studio movies.
    I don’t know what happened, I do feel even Marvel isn’t perfect though (Thor the snore) so who know? It could be on anybody.

  • Big Ulf

    well then why the heck did Marvel hire the guy in the first place.

  • JokersNuts

    That would be amazing. If only Warners had any idea what to do with an Atom movie…
    Personally I think a sword of the atom movie would be pretty awesome. Game of thrones meets honey I shrunk the kids :-)

  • Marc McFly

    with minor changes here and there he could totally reinvent the atom to have him just swap names with ant-man anyways. so there you guy, edgar. do your movie with WB instead!

  • arnie

    Welcome to the house of mouse, and doing it their way.

  • Pessoa

    Hollywood types are pretty consistent in screwing things up when they are left to their own creative vision?!?!?!
    Obviously everyone knows Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi and Bryan Synger screwed Batman, Spider-Man and X-Men…LOL…
    Spider-Man 3 sucked because Raimi wanted just Sandman as villain, however he was forced to include Venom, a character he doesn’t like.