It should come as no surprise to anyone that geek evangelist Simon Pegg (‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’) would weigh in on Marvel losing Edgar Wright (‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’, ‘The World’s End‘) from their upcoming ‘Ant-Man‘ film. Not only is Pegg friends with Wright, but he is quite outspoken when it comes to genre films. With it sounding as if the studio and Wright had different visions for the film, clearly the studio would win out. This is truly a shame as Wright brings such passion to his work and has been wanting to make this movie even before the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded onto the scene with the release of ‘Iron Man’ in 2008.
Orignally sharing his thoughts on Twitter, Pegg had posted this tweet after it was announced that Peyton Reed would be replacing Wright in the helmer’s chair and Adam McKay was hired to do rewrites (after declining to direct). While he didn’t outright condemn Marvel’s decision to go this route, he did express his disappointment of the turn of events:
Feel lucky that I got to read @EdgarWright and Joe Cornish’s Ant-Man script. Daring, fun, funny and hugely exciting. Shame we won’t see it.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) June 9, 2014
In an interview with Sky Movies, Pegg was asked to elaborate on these thoughts that movie goers will never see the film that Wright and Cornish wrote. His exact words on the matter were:
“I think it’s a terrible shame. I get why perhaps it’s happened. Maybe they want a particular thing in line with a particular other thing, but if you hire a director who has a particular vision, you’ve got to expect him or her to make a ‘such and such film’. ‘An Edgar Wright film.’ That’s what that script was and it was interesting. The characters had a real journey. I can’t really say too much about it because obviously it’s not my thing, but it’s their loss [Laughs]”
You can watch the snippet of that interview in the clip below.
I think we’re all going to agree with Pegg on that one. I really wish we had a clear answer on what Marvel and Wright’s difference of views were here. If only there had been a way for Marvel and Wright to work out his vision of ‘Ant-Man’ into the cinematic universe, I think we truly would have seen something amazing
What do you think about Wright no longer handling ‘Ant-Man’? Are you as jealous of Pegg as I am that we’ll never see that script? Share your thoughts below true believers!
‘Ant-Man’ is slated to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
Sources: Hey U Guys