Baby Driver director Edgar Wright says he is at least going to write a sequel to his surprise summer 2017 action hit. Driven by its eclectic musical soundtrack, quirky performances and propulsive action, Baby Driver won over audiences and critics alike, grossing $226 million worldwide while scoring 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In a summer packed with the usual assortment of franchise movies, rehashes and formula films, Baby Driver's mix of action, humor, music and romance felt like something of a revelation. Holding it all together was the unique cinematic style of Edgar Wright, who honed his skills across a stretch of entertainingly cheeky yet heartfelt action-comedies, beginning with 2004's Shaun of the Dead. Wright developed a large following with his giddily entertaining genre romps, but Baby Driver put him on a new level within the movie industry, and everyone's wondering what the ever-creative writer-director will do with his new-found clout.
Speaking to EW, Wright addressed many possibilities for future projects, including revisiting Baby Driver:
“Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one. I’ve definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it’s the next movie, I don’t know. I’m just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I’ve been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I’ve been offered since [the release of Baby Driver]. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because — slightly beyond my control — but there was four years between The World’s End and Baby Driver. I don’t want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years.”
Baby Driver left audiences on somewhat of a mysterious note: After the movie's climactic chase, Baby (Ansel Elgort) gives himself up to the authorities to preserve the innocence of his lady-love Debora (Lily James). We see a montage of Baby doing time in prison for his various crimes, finally being let out at the movie's end and seemingly reuniting with Debora. But does Baby really reunite with Debora or is this just a fantasy? It sounds as though Edgar Wright at least has an idea of how to follow up this mystery finale, whether that entails Baby getting back together with Debora or going off on a completely new adventure and finding a new love interest.
In his remarks to EW, Wright also briefly refers to some projects he's been offered in the wake of Baby Driver, though naturally gives no elaboration. At one point, Wright famously was attached to Marvel's Ant-Man movie before walking away over creative differences, a turn of events that left many an Edgar Wright fan crying in their beer. If Wright does decide to tackle a studio project that's not his own original story, he now is in a position of much greater clout than he was at the time of Ant-Man, so he could probably win a lot more creative control.
Thanks to Baby Driver, Wright now finds himself in the unique position of being able to pick-and-choose his projects. Whether he elects to create another original work, follow up Baby Driver with a sequel or take on a major franchise film remains to be seen. He does say he hopes to have a new film out in the next two years, so at least the wait will not be too excruciatingly long.
Baby Driver is now available on digital and Blu-ray.