Edgar Wright was originally attached to direct Ant-Man for Marvel Studios before he quit over creative differences. More than a decade later, Wright is still focusing on his original IP and has avoided directing for any big franchises since Ant-Man.
We don’t know if he’ll ever make room for a big project in the future, but he does think that these big superhero studios need to sow down. In an episode of Happy Sad Confused (via IndieWire), Wright ranted:
“I think one of the problems with film franchises is sometimes when they announce — I’m not mentioning any names or anything — when they announce like massive slates of films and TV shows […] there’s a danger of killing the golden goose… I wish some franchises would just kind of have the sense to just take a breather and let people get excited about it again. I feel like there are certain things that I loved that I don’t want to see again, or I don’t want to see them again for a long time. And again, I’m not going to bad mouth anything because it always gets interpreted as sound[bites].”
For now, Wright is advocating that studios should invest more in newer IP when it comes to movies. He says that they don’t have to stop doing the big IP films, but it would be great if they could also put in the same amount of investment for newer IP so audiences can get something new besides the next superhero or big sci-fi action flick.
We don’t have a look at Edgar Wright’s upcoming projects yet, but he is attached to the newly released Scott Pilgrim Takes Off anime that’s on Netflix. After his foray into horror with Last Night in Soho, everyone is curious if Wright is going to come back to his action-comedy genre or dive deeper into horror films like Jordan Peele has.