Sony Wants A Baby Driver 2 From Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver surpassed expectations during its opening weekend in the US. Coming in second place with a respectable $20 million debut, Baby Driver has raced to almost $40 million after its first full week. Giving Wright his best US opening weekend, Sony is keen to build on the success and have asked Wright to start thinking about a sequel.
"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."
Now, there are minor spoilers for Baby Driver in Wright's next comment, so if you've not seen it yet look away now.
"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 [film] you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way, so he's not the apprentice anymore."
Wright has resisted sequels to his previous hits, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, even though he's been open to the idea of a follow-up to the latter, I doubt Hot Fuzz 2 will ever come to pass. I recently described Baby Driver as a breath of fresh air in a sea of franchises, so Wright's contemplation of a Baby Driver 2 is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Wright making a sequel to one of his movies is an exciting prospect, on the other hand, I would prefer Wright to continue to forge original projects.
I've made no secret of my thoughts towards Wright parting ways with Marvel over Ant-Man. In a separate interview, Wright recently divulged details on why it didn't work out the way he had hoped.
"The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don't think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie. It was a really heartbreaking decision to have to walk away after having worked on it for so long, because me and Joe Cornish in some form---it's funny some people say, 'Oh they've been working on it for eight years,' and that was somewhat true, but in that time I had made three movies. So it wasn't like I was working on it full time. But after The World's End, I did work on it for like a year; I was gonna make the movie. I was the writer-director on it, and then they wanted to do a draft without me, and having written all my other movies, that's a tough thing to move forward...Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you're sort of less emotionally invested, and you start to wonder why you're there, really."
While Ant-Man was enjoyable, it was hard to watch it knowing what could have been if Wright had stayed the course. We might not know what Wright's next project will be, but his long-mooted Dreamworks animated film Shadows co-written by David Walliams has gone terribly quiet lately. Given the plethora of changes behind the scenes at Dreamworks Animation since its purchase by Universal, Shadows couldbe stuck in development hell.