Jon Favreau hasn’t had the greatest working relationship with Marvel over the years. It’s no secret that the Iron Man director faced many problems with the studio in regards to Iron Man 2, feeling rushed and not wanting to focus so much time on franchise building. So when asked what his thoughts were regarding Edgar Wright and his Ant-Man/Marvel departure what do you think he had to say? Surely, he would rip Marvel a new one? They deserve it right? Well no, Favereu kept it relatively classy, mirroring the thoughts of fellow Marvel director James Gunn.
While doing press for his indie movie Chef, Favreau was asked by Shortlist.com for his take on the Edgar Wright/Marvel Studios split; the director responded.
“Edgar’s a dear friend of mine – I was so looking forward to his version of Ant-Man. All Edgar’s films have been studio films, it’s not like he’s never made one before. I think he’s been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories. I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn’t going to be fulfilled in the process. That’s all I can really say.”
One thing that’s interesting is Favreu pointing out that, indeed, all of Wright’s films have been bankrolled by a major studio – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End respectively. Wright has been championed as some sort of independent auteur when in reality he is very much ingrained in the Hollywood way of doing things. Was that too harsh? Who knows. Besides, who really wants to see an Ant Man movie anyhow? Who are we kidding, we still do! You can read the Jon Favreau interview in its entirety HERE.
[via Cinema Blend]