COMIC REEL: Wright Exits "Ant-Man"; DeKnight Joins "Daredevil"

Mon, May 26th, 2014 at 8:36am PDT

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ANT-MAN

In a surprising turn of events, last week capped off with Marvel and Edgar Wright parting ways on "Ant-Man" over creative differences. The statement released by Marvel follows in full below.

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.

While it's not the first high-profile shift in director for a Marvel film -- "Thor: The Dark World" was originally slated to be helmed by "Monster's" Patty Jenkins -- Wright has been attached to the film since 2006. No further details were released on the circumstances of the split, though "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn did post something about it on Facebook:

Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. 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, because if you love them both so much doesn't it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren't meant to be together - not because there's anything wrong with either of them, but they just don't have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don't make each other happy. Although it's sad to see them split, when they do, you're surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.

It's easy to try to make one party "right" and another party "wrong" when a breakup happens, but it often isn't that simple. Or perhaps it's even more simple than that - not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn't mean they're not wonderful people.

And that's true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn't a person, but I think you get what I mean.

Releases July 17, 2015

DAREDEVIL

Marvel also announced that Steven S. DeKnight has come onboard "Daredevil" as executive producer and showrunner. Previously announced EP and showrunner Drew Goddard will stay on as executive producer. Goddard wrote the first two episodes of the 13-episode series, and is currently slated to write "The Sinister Six" spin-off film for "The Amazing Spider-Man."

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

According to Variety, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" had an incredible weekend, grossing $261.8 million worldwide and $90.7 million domestic. While the total weekend numbers have yet to be determined (the Memorial Day holiday adds an extra day to the box office take), analysts predict that the film will earn around $110 million, making it the biggest weekend opening for the entire X-Men franchise. If "Days of Future Past" performs as analysts predict, it would beat out "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" for the highest grossing opening weekend in the series' history.

/Film has posted interviews with Simon Kinberg about his time with "The Last Stand" as well as the challenge of taking on "Days of Future Past."

Now in theaters

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

IGN also spoke with Kinberg, and the screenwriter teased a bit of what fans can expect from the big "X-Men: Apocalypse" sequel coming down the line in 2016.

"The thing that we’ve spent the most time talking about is not just the visual execution of the character, which is its own challenge -- creating a character that’s the most powerful I think of any mutant villain that we’ve seen in the X-Men movies so far," Kinberg told IGN. "More powerful than Magneto. The kind of scope and scale we’re talking about is like disaster movie, extinction level event. Sort of Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking, which you’ve never seen in an X-Men movie, or any superhero movie, which I think is exciting."

Plus, Kinberg also spoke with The Daily Beast about the upcoming sequel, saying it will "focus primarily on the 'First Class' cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too" -- and that it "is the plan" to bring Singer back to direct "Apocalypse."

Opens May 27, 2016

THE FLASH

Closing things out today, former "The Flash" comic book scribe Mark Waid has seen the CW's pilot taking on the scarlet speedster, and posted his first impressions to Twitter.

Airs on the CW this fall

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