All scream for ice cream as Wright quits Ant Man
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.