Jon Favreau Talks About Edgar Wright Leaving Ant-Man Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.26.2014
Favreau shares his thoughts on the matter…
Speaking to Shortlist, director Jon Favreau addressed the situation at Marvel Studios with Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man. He also talked about his upcoming Jungle Book adaptation for Disney and more. Below are some highlights:
Favreau on Wright leaving Ant-Man: "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."
Favreau on if he felt that the first Iron Man was a gamble when he started working on it: "The model was the Fantastic Four films with Fox. You were expected to spend a certain amount of money that would make you a certain amount of money back as long as the effects are good. They wanted to figure out a way to get the movie to audiences for a price. I think by casting Iron Man the way we did, it classed the brand up. It allowed us to bring a certain humorous tone that had been lost from, say, the Bond franchise. With Daniel Craig, those movies gained a harder edge, meaning there was definitely room for a new humorous cad adventurer. That archetype had not been filled in a long time. Through Iron Man, Marvel found its tone and voice, but nothing was expected of it. And then the success came, and then there was pressure to continue that brand, and that's where it becomes more challenging."
Favreau on his upcoming Jungle Book: "Kipling is the basis, because he nailed the mythology – getting back to the ancient myths that we see everywhere – like in Star Wars. But the '67 animated film has wonderful tone and characters that we can hopefully recombine with Kipling, so it has a Disney feel to it. It's a great way to use technology to tell the story in a way that hasn't been done before. We can use computer graphics to tell a story that will go around the world. You can give a personal flavor to something that's big, as long as you don't jeopardise people's ability to make money from it."