Those of you who read this site religiously will likely recall this piece we wrote on a mysterious teaser image posted to the Twitter stream of director Edgar Wright just as The Avengers was breaking all sorts of box office records. Though he was coy, it was pretty easy to figure out that the man was hinting at the rosy future for his long-awaited movie based on Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man character.
However, you may also recall this later piece we wrote, saying that Wright and long-time collaborator Simon Pegg would be entering production on the third entry in their “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” dubbed The World’s End. That’s no doubt great news for fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but in all the excitement we forgot to ask exactly when Wright would find the time to make both films.
According to an email sent to /Film this morning, he’s hoping to do both at the same time, and surprisingly soon.
“So as not to jinx things, I am going to remain spectacularly vague on this. Let’s just say I hope to shoot some Antman & World’s End this year,” Wright wrote.
Of course, Wright is also realistic about his abilities as a director, and is quite aware that his films usually need a few years of gestation before they can be released unto the public. /Film points out a quote from a recent podcast Wright was on that sums up his process, and his empathy toward fan frustration quite nicely:
I get quite superstitious because I don’t feel like anybody reading magazines and websites and stuff — quite understands how hard long it takes. Because the film websites update hourly, it’s like ‘What’s the fucking hold up? Just make it. Why isn’t it coming out tomorrow?’ But every film that I’ve made has taken like three years. Each one, it’s been three years between movies. I would love for that gap to be shorter, but the truth is there’s — it’s almost like a holding pattern. There are planes in the air and you have to figure out which one is going to land before they all crash like Die Hard 2.
So what’s the moral of this story? Well, it seems that Wright is going to be putting together both Ant-Man and The World’s End, but if history is any indication, we shouldn’t expect to see either film in theaters any earlier than 2014.