Catch up Marvel’s Ant-Man director saga and more from the week in movie news:

edgarwright‘Ant-Man’ / Edgar Wright Lessons: Kevin Feige’s Vision Rules Marvel; Time To Get Excited About ‘Kolchak: The Night Stalker’?
By Mike Fleming Jr.
A couple of things to consider in the divorce between Edgar Wright and Marvel over Ant-Man. In my mind, Wright’s surprise exit Friday over creative differences shows that while Marvel certainly will try to tap strong directors for its superhero properties, the power at that studio clearly resides with one person, Kevin Feige.

Will Risky ‘Ant-Man’ Be Marvel’s Waterloo Or Greatest Triumph?
By Mike Fleming Jr.
adam mckayMarvel and the reps of Adam McKay will spend the weekend trying to make a deal for the Talladega Nights helmer to replace Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man. McKay, the former Saturday Night Live writer who grew up on that show with Will Ferrell and moved with him to feature films, has become an accomplished director of comedies (Step Brothers is my favorite), but this seems to be a risky move (reports have him already deciding this is not for him).

Relativity Acquires ‘Fearless’ For Film On Navy SEAL Team Six Hero Adam Brown
By Mike Fleming Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Relativity has acquired Fearless, based on the Eric Blehm bestselling book on SEAL Team Six operative Adam Brown. Brown battled personal demons, including drug addiction and jail time, to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.

The_Amazing_Spider-Man_2_(film)_poster_001Sony Imageworks’ Flight To Vancouver Latest Blow In VFX Subsidies Battle
By Jen Yamato
Sony Pictures Imageworks announced late Thursday that its headquarters will relocate to Vancouver, leaving the fate of its 270 Culver City VFX workers in question.

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Adds German YouTuber Flula Borg
By Jen Yamato
EXCLUSIVE: Now that Pitch Perfect 2 has its original stars back, director Elizabeth Banks is adding some new aca-flavor to her cast. German DJ, comedian, musician, actor, hype-man, host, and YouTube personality Flula Borg is the latest to join the Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films musical sequel about college a cappella singers vying for competitive crooning kudos.

Climb Toward ‘Cliffhanger’ Reboot Moving Forward; Joe Gazzam Set To Write
By Mike Fleming Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Neal Moritz and StudioCanal are ready to move forward with Cliffhanger, a re-imagining of the 1993 Renny Harlin-directed mountain climbing film that starred Sylvester Stallone.

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)Oscars: How Cannes May Have More Impact Than Ever On The 2014 Race
By Pete Hammond
As my French fog lifts in the wake of my return from the Cannes Film Festival it’s a good time to look at how it might have impacted the 2014 Oscar race as the calendar turns to June and we have the first big benchmark out of the way. That’s not to say that Cannes is a huge indicator of where this thing will be come Fall when it really heats up, but this is one of the better years I think in terms of Cannes and potential for its ultimate impact on the awards season.

HBO, City Of LA, & Unions Praise Passage Of New Film & TV Tax Credit Bill
By Dominic Patten
The California Film and Television Production Alliance has weighed in with its support for today’s Assembly vote to expand California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program. “The strength of the unanimous vote demonstrates the Assembly Members’ clear understanding of the vital economic importance of the motion picture industry to California and their determination to return this state to a competitive position,” reads a statement from the coalition of guilds, unions, producers, small businesses and associations that promotes TV production in California.

Godzilla 2 legendaryWas Wall Street Too Pessimistic About The Summer Box Office?
By David Lieberman
Many investors appear to think so today after domestic box office sales for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Godzilla beat some forecasts — and B. Riley’s Eric Wold upgraded the industry. AMC Entertainment shares are +3.2% in early trading, and Cinemark is +2.4%, after Wold changed his recommendation for both to “buy” from “neutral.”

Personal Managers Launch Offensive In Battle Over Talent Agency Act
By David Robb
The National Conference of Personal Managers is going on the public relations offensive in its ongoing fight to overturn California’s Talent Agency Act, which prevents managers from procuring employment for their clients. The group has launched a website and is naming names, shaming dozens of stars who have sued their managers during the past 30 years for, of all things, helping them get jobs.

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