Though Edgar Wright’s latest film has yet to hit theaters, the director is already considering his next project among a number of exciting options. In just a couple more weeks, Edgar Wright’s latest film will hit theaters. A project years in the making, Baby Driver will see the auteur hone the heist film he first began crafting with his take on Ant-Man. Thanks to his unique directing style, the film looks to be one of the most intriguing entries into the genre, with it already gaining heaps of critical praise.
Like James Gunn with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wright’s Baby Driver will blend action with music by utilizing a well-crafted soundtrack to elevate what’s happening on the screen. And while audiences will have to wait a bit longer to see how the film turned out, the writer/director is already hard at work on his follow-up. Over the years, we’ve heard of a few projects that Wright could tackle, with an adaptation of the young adult book Grasshopper Jungle appearing to be the next on his docket.
During an interview with Collider, Wright was asked whether Grasshopper Jungle will be his next film after Baby Driver, to which he replied:
“Potentially. It’s one of a couple of things that I’m developing. It’s a book that I really enjoyed and there’s a good screenplay and stuff. The exact next thing I don’t have entirely worked out, but that is one of the things in the mix, yeah.”
Based on the hit book of the same name, the story of Grasshopper Jungle involves a young boy in rural America grappling with his feelings, while a horde of giant praying mantises take over his town. The mix of the bizarre and the poignant will be right up Wright’s alley, and he’s been developing the project since back in 2014. As Wright tells it, it’s the perfect film for him to tackle:
“The book was really good, really interesting way of doing a coming-of-age movie and I thought it was really progressive as well.”
Of course, Wright mentioned he has a few different potential projects, so Jungle might not be his next film. For awhile, he was set to work on an animated film with DreamWorks named Shadows, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside:
“Well I wrote three drafts of that, but because of the whole regime change there, most of the people that hired me and David Walliams to do it don’t work there anymore. So at the moment that’s not something that I’m necessarily attached to I think. It’s something that’s TBD.”
Finally, there’s the sci-fi horror film Collider, which Wright and J.J. Abrams first began working on back in 2012. As with many of the auteur’s projects, they can take quite awhile to manifest. Still, Wright says it’s moving along:
“That’s another one that’s in sort of the mix. That’s something that’s really in the script stage. It’s quite an ambitious idea, it’s something we’ve been working on for quite a while.”
Like Tarantino, Wright doesn’t make films very often. When he does, however, they’re labors of love that he truly believes in. It will likely be awhile before any new film manifests after Baby Driver, but whether it’s Collider, Shadows, Grasshopper Jungle, or something else entirely, we’ll let you know.