When Edgar Wright departedAnt-Man in May 2014, alarm bells rang among his devoted fans. The British filmmaker had spent years on the project, after all, first being hired to write the script with Joe Cornish back in 2006. Creative differences arose, however, and Peyton Reed came on board to direct, while Adam McKay and Paul Rudd revised the screenplay. Ant-Man proved to be an amiable and successful superhero movie.
In the meantime, Wright moved forward with another passion project, Baby Driver. He first conceived of the project in 1994 and finally had the opportunity to make it, based on his own original screenplay. The movie enjoyed its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March, where it was very warmly received.
Baby Driver received very high marks from critics before it roared into theaters last week and audiences seem to agree. The movie has already earned more than $39 million in the U.S., along with more than $6 million more in other territories so far. Those may not be blockbuster numbers, but considering the originality of the project, it’s very impressive nonetheless.
Recently, Wright told Empire (via Vulture) that he’s been asked to write a sequel by “the studio.” It’s not clear if he means the distributor, Sony’s TriStar Pictures, or one of the production companies behind the movie, MRC and Working Title. In any event, he says: “The studio has asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there’s somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters. Baby has got to a new place.”
Wright also says: “Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there’s somewhere deeper for them to go. I think with Baby Driver there’s more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another [movie] you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not the apprentice anymore.”
Though Wright has not yet made a direct sequel to any of his movies, three of them are loosely linked thematically (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End), comprising the so-called Cornetto trilogy. A sequel to Baby Driver, featuring the titular character (Ansel Elgort) in a new place, sounds very promising.