The drama continues with the “Ant-Man” production taking another huge hit with the announcement that a major portion of its cast has decided to leave the Marvel pic. Deadline says we shouldn’t assume the worst, all exiting actors are leaving for specific seasons not directly linked to the “Ant-Man” production drama. Sources say that Patrick Wilson packed his bags due to scheduling conflicts due to production delays. Matt Gerald and Kevin Weisman were allegedly written out of the script, even though Marvel’s head Kevin Feige stressed that although the script has undergone rewrites, it’s still in line with the draft first written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.
The production delays and script rewrites are directly linked to original director and scribe Edgar Wright’s departure in May due to creative differences. Production since then has gone through multiple changes on all fronts, leaving most “Ant-Man” geeks confused and worried about the future of the project. Wright, a very passionate “Ant-Man” fanboy, was the best candidate for the job and it seems difficult for Marvel to bounce back after he left the production team with almost eight years of work coming to a standstill. Feige says that new helmer Peyton Reed will build on what has been completed so far, and continue with “what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched” almost eight years ago.
Wright’s controversial departure sparked rumors suggesting that the studio had some notes for Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish, who turned in two drafts attempting to satisfy the studio without compromising their vision. Marvel apparently gave the script to two less experienced writers, one of whom is from their in-house writing team. Wright raised concerns with the studio about the revisions and met with Marvel to formally resign.
Comic book geeks are still waiting in anticipation for the storyline to be revealed ever since the announcement that Paul Rudd will take on the role as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas will take on the role as Hang Pym, the inventor of Ant-Man’s shrinking particles and equipment. The only logical take on all this to understand why we will have two protagonists in the superhero flick is to assume that Rudd’s Scott Lang will take on the role as “Ant-Man”.
“Ant-Man” is set to be released on July 17, 2015.
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