""Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. 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." (reported Variety / bywayof SlashFilm)
And while I'd loved his “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead”, and am looking forward to catching “The World’s End” on DVD somewhen (somehow his British-themed films are way more fun, than say, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” - but that's just me), I am not too attached to the notion of him directing "Ant Man", and undoubtably following "the system" of the studio higher-ups, perhaps? Regardless, we'll never know for sure now, won't we? Pity…
Latino-Review claims to have the "Inside Story": "About 3 months ago, Marvel had notes. The meat of the notes were about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc., These notes came from the big four at Marvel. Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision.
6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers were from Marvel's in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.
The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after.
Edgar & Joe were upset by the sudden, out of nowhere lack of faith in them as filmmakers. Fiege had always batted for them but this felt like it came from the higher ups.
Where does this leave the cast? Well, it is believed they don't have the option to walk like Edgar did."