“I’ll get killed. … It’s snipers, they’ll kill me!”

A desperate cry for help from a major Hollywood director. For years, this epidemic has been shrouded in secrecy. Studios — the kind that make the films you love — have long held creative types, many of whom have slightly longer-than-average hair, under their thumbs. In this case, we find director Edgar Wright. You know his work, the hilarious zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead, the hilarious cop comedy Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming hilarious comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

But there’s nothing funny about Wright’s situation. The currently attached writer/director of Marvel’s Ant-Man adaptation is clearly fearing for his life. We must ask ourselves why.

The truth is that Wright talked to MTV News this week about a much talked about meeting he had with comic legend Stan Lee. He and Lee discussed the Ant-Man property at length, and set Wright up to go back to work on the project, which has been dormant while he was making Scott Pilgrim. Now that Pilgrim is finished, Wright says, he will go back to working on his second Ant-Man draft and, pending the approval of Kevin Feige and the people at Marvel, we might see an awesome little genre film sometime soon.

Said Wright: “Because that character isn’t one of their biggest properties, it’s not like a tentpole deadline. It’s more like me and Kevin [Feige] [saying], ‘Let’s make a really good script.’ We’ve always agreed on that — ‘Lets make a good script that works, that’s all about a great genre film, and that isn’t necessarily relying on anything else.’”

So that’s where we are — there’s no time table for the project, but Wright is looking to get back into the Ant-Man world now that Scott Pilgrim is on his way to mass consumption. Nom nom nom. When probed further, Wright revealed what I’ve already told you — that he clearly fear for his life. It’s frightening, I know, but this is how movies are made.


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