For quite some time, Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ was scheduled to film in the filmmaker’s homeland of Great Britain. However, the latest reports are saying that it is no longer a possibility. Apparently, there’s no more space for even the tiniest of Marvel’s heroes in England.
While promoting the release of ‘The World’s End’ on Blu-ray and DVD, Wright told ScreenDaily that his upcoming film, which is currently in the pre-production stage, would have to find a new place to shoot. Originally, it had been penciled in to set up shop at Pinewood Shepperton, but the local council looks to have vetoed their planned $300 million 15-studio expansion that would have created over 3000 jobs. The director commented on what this could mean for films looking to shoot in the United Kingdom in the near future:
“Ironically, ‘Ant-Man’ was meant to shoot in London but London is full because I guess that Pinewood extension got turned down. While the tax break is good for Hollywood films shooting here, it’s probably not that great for British films shooting in the UK. Some middle-to-low budget films are going to find themselves without crew because all the American films are shooting here.”
Many of those American films that Wright is referring to are actually in the cinematic universe that he’s about to enter in himself. ‘Thor: The Dark World’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ have all shot in the UK. Additionally, Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, which was put on the schedule after ‘Ant-Man’, is also set to film across the pond. Despite the lack of space at the moment because of these and other Hollywood films, the director remains hopeful that he can shoot in both America and England for his next movie, which should enter production in mid-2014, although the timetable may now be forced to change due to a lack of a place to commence principal photography.
With the UK out of the question for the time being, where do you think ‘Ant-Man’ will head to shoot? With all these American films heading overseas, could it be possible for Marvel to return to North America and shoot in places like Pennsylvania, Ohio, or maybe even Toronto? Speculate away in the comment section.
‘Ant-Man’ is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 31, 2015.