Edgar Wright Leaves ‘Ant-Man’ in Rearview Mirror, Moves On To ‘Baby Driver’

By July 22, 2014

We don’t really need to go through the whole history of Edgar Wright leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man again, do we? Good. Thanks for being caught up.

One of the good things about that partnership dissolving is that Wright is now free to make original films, and Deadline reports that Wright is going full speed ahead on Baby Driver, an original project he wrote that is described as “a collision of crime, action, music and sound.” Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers and makes incredibly vital and energetic movies, and this one sounds no different. I’m thrilled to hear that he already has something in the works so soon after the Ant-Man debacle, and even though details are slim at this point, I’m very excited to see what he comes up with. One thing that’s slightly disappointing, though: it doesn’t sound like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be involved this time. Oh, well.

It’s worth noting that Wright has long been attached to direct The Night Stalker for Disney, a film with Johnny Depp lined up to play a reporter who investigates mysterious crimes that involve vampires, zombies, werewolves, and other supernatural elements. Prevailing wisdom said he might direct that project as his Ant-Man follow-up, but since Disney owns Marvel, and there seems to be some bad blood between Wright and the studio right now, I wonder if he’ll ultimately pass on The Night Stalker altogether. It has the potential to be a huge movie and working with Depp is probably a nice draw, but if he’s not getting the support he needs from the higher-ups, I’m guessing Wright is more than content to take his creativity elsewhere. If that results in more Edgar Wright original movies, I’m all for it.

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