It's been more than two weeks since news first broke that Edgar Wright, the cult-favorite director of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Shaun of the Dead, was leaving the project due to creative differences with Marvel (read: Marvel corporate suits wanted to make the movie instead of Wright). Despite failed attempts to find a replacement, Marvel still hasn't named a successor. And according to the reactions of pretty much everyone, maybe they shouldn't even bother. Here's what Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin had to say about it on his blog:
So Marvel has dismissed director Edgar Wright from the long-awaited (by me, anyway) ANT-MAN movie he was helming.
Very distressing. I love Ant-Man (and the Wonderful Wasp). I am still outraged that they were left out of THE AVENGERS film. They were founding members of the group, after all. Which can't be said for their replacements, Hawkeye and Black Widow.
Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas, who plays Hank Pym in the film, had the following to say in a video interview (via CosmicBookNews):
I was very disappointed. I'm a big fan of his movies. It's a very disappointing situation. It happened very lat ein the game. I don't think anyone has quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar. He's been involved int he project for a long time. But he's talented enough that you'll be hearing a whole from him and I'm sure [with a vengeance?].
Finally 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are friends with Wright, chimed in (transcription of video from CosmicBookNews):
"A logical choice would be Edgar Wright to finish an Edgar Wright film,” Lord laughed.
“It seems like a tough person’s shoes to step into, you know what I mean?” Miller added. “It’s tough to have that as the specter hanging over, what would have been, and what could have been. It seems kind of tough.”
“I mean, Joe Cornish, that would make a lot of sense. Or if they, like, decided to abandon ship and try again years from now it would make more sense," Lord said.
"We're fans and buddies of Edgar's, you know," Miller stated.
"It would be like Spielbierg making the AI," Lord continued. "I don't know what to do with it. I feel strange."
Marvel's current plans to find a replacement consist of holding a reality show style contest in which potential directors with no filmmaking experience compete to see who can be the biggest corporate suck-up, and thus most appropriate to carry out Marvel's wishes for the movie.