Edgar Wright will no longer direct “Ant-Man,” a Marvel Studios' film to which he was attached since 2006, due to creative differences, the studio and the director jointly announced in statement Friday.
“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announce today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions of the film," read the statement. "The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly."
Wright, known for directing and co-writing the “Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, was also writing the “Ant-Man” script with Joe Cornish.
The cast of the film includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson, and at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, he showed some early footage from “Ant-Man” to the audience.
Marvel Studio announced in December that Wright "came to us with the idea of Paul Rudd, we felt a huge sense of relief because the first step in creating any Marvel Studios film is finding the right star."
Wright’s exit from the film will make no impact on the release date of the film, which will compete with other popular franchises like "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," the "Man of Steel" sequel, "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" which will feature Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as the respective superheroes, "Jurassic Park IV" and a reboot of the "Terminator."
In December, Wright had told Mirror Online: “[I'm] very happy with where [Ant-Man] is right now."