Last night, Edgar Wright finally responded to his exit from Marvel Studios' Ant-Man, posting a 'selfie' that featured Buster Keaton holding a signature Cornetto wrapper. The director then quickly deleted it from his twitter feed, but the photo now lives on in infamy.
While the full details aren't known, and may never be known, director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man on Friday, heading into the long Memorial Day Weekend jobless. Its believed that Marvel didn't like the direction the script was headed, despite Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish having worked on it for nearly a decade. Marvel pulled screenwriting duties away from the two writers, and handed the script off to two untested in-house scribes. The results were not to Edgar Wright's liking, so he walked away from the project.
The photo of Buster Keaton comes from 1928, a time when the actor made the self-described "worst mistake of [his] career" by leaving independent film to join MGM. Its believed Edgar Wright is comparing leaving his Cornetto trilogy behind to join Marvel in the same manner, a move that has apparently stripped him of his creative freedom.
The cast remains in tact, with Ant-Man still on schedule to shoot later this year for a 2015 release date. Expect a new director to be announced soon. Though, Edgar Wright has a lot of friends in this town, so who's going to want to touch this? It will be very interesting to watch how things play out in the next couple of days.