All scream for ice cream as Wright quits Ant Man

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Don­ald Clarke dclarke@irish­times.com

The odd­est things can be­come causes célèbres in con­tem­po­rary Hol­ly­wood. Take the cur­rent furore (if it can be so dig­ni­fied) sur­round­ing the de­par­ture of Edgar Wright, di­rec­tor of Shaun of the Dead, from Marvel’s adap­ta­tion of the Ant Man comic.

The Bri­tish di­rec­tor is said to have fled the project fol­low­ing, yes, “cre­ative dif­fer­ences” with the stu­dio. We be­lieve Wright was grumpy about de­mands for rewrites of the script he com­posed with Joe Cor­nish. Ac­knowl­edg­ing his ap­par­ent mis­ery, the cre­ator of the so-called Cor­netto Tril­ogy – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and World’s End – posted a pic­ture of a gloomy Buster Keaton clutch­ing that pop­u­lar pro­pri­etary ice cream.

Given that Wright has been de­vel­op­ing the project for eight years, his anger was un­der­stand­able. Wright deleted the pic­ture shortly af­ter post­ing it.

Shortly af­ter­wards, Joss Whe­don, di­rec­tor of The Avengers, tweeted a photo of him­self with a Cor­netto. Then James Gunn, di­rec­tor of Marvel’s up­com­ing Guardians of the Galaxy, got on board the Edgar Ex­press.

“Some­times you have friends in a re­la­tion­ship,” he said. “You love each of them dearly as in­di­vid­u­als and think they’re amaz­ing people.

“When they talk to you about their trou­bles, you do ev­ery­thing you can to sup­port them, to keep them to­gether.”

What the heck is go­ing on? If you still care, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as chap who can change his size at will. The film, which is at least partly aimed at adults, should still be with us in July 2015.

Cor­netto ca­per: tril­ogy di­rec­tor Edgar Wright, like Buster Keaton, left, is tak­ing his cone and go­ing home.

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