So when Edgar Wright announced his interest in making a sequel, we were wheel-y excited.
Seemingly writing at top speed, the Hot Fuzz director has now announced that the first draft has been completed, with a bunch of new characters and story to boot. Having driven audience and critics mad with the mysterious climax of the film, and him walking away from the Ant-Man film over creative differences, fans were eager for a new Wright project.
And now it seems he’s intending to steer Baby Driver straight into franchise territory.
There’s at least five car puns in that paragraph. I’ll stop before it gets tire-some.
Speaking to a reported at EW after the release of the first film, Wright addressed the future project:
“Hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one. I’ve definitely got lots of ideas…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.”
In a recent interview with Empire, however, the director confirmed that the script has now been finished. It’s slim pickings on the details, with Wright appearing to remain tight-lipped about the whole thing:
“A first draft of Baby Driver 2 exists.”
Wow, gee, thanks Edgar! Really giving us the scoop.
The script does apparently introduce a number of new characters, vital after the last cast was practically wiped out, and “takes the story further”. Brilliant – so we know it’s happening, its got characters, and a plot.
Seems like Empire got a little more from the film’s main star Ansel Elgort, though.
Speaking to MTV, he said: “He has shared [the script] with me. Yes, I think it’s going to happen. I think there will be a [sequel].
“It has a different title, actually. You’re going to have to ask Edgar that.”
When asked if the movie had been moved into pre-production, he took the Edgar Wright minimal-reponse approach, replying: “Maybe”.
Although Wright has hinted that a deleted scene from the first film may make an appearance in the sequel:
“Before they got to the post office there was this whole scene set to, believe it or not, a ssong by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. And it’s a really funny and quirky sequence and I really liked it in isolation. But as soon as I tried lifting it out of the movie it made so much more sense. It flowed a lot better without it, basically. If I ever do a sequel, I can just reuse the scene as it was a really good scene, but it seemed to interrupt the flow of tension.”
It might be a while until the finished project sees the (head) light.
The director is currently working on a psychological thriller he has co-written with Krysy Wilson-Cairns, due out this summer.
Inspired by classics in the genre like Don’t Look Now, and Repulsion, Wright seems to be delving head first into another genre.
“I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years”.
Apparently, as previous projects Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were inspired by places he’d lived, it made sense to explore “The London [he’s] existed in”.
Currently attempting to survive as a part-time writer, full-time incompetent adult, Sarah O'Neill can often be found writing about how much she hates the new seasons of Arrested Development. She does her best writing under pressure and her worst writing under pressure, and hopes one day to write under better conditions. Like by the sea. You can contact Sarah at [email protected]Follow