Edgar Wright, the filmmaker of Baby Driver, has prepared a script for Baby Driver 2 but says he needs to find a method to make it enjoyable for him before committing to filming it.
Wright said that he’s basically written the story for a possible Baby Driver sequel during an interview with renowned director Cary Fukunaga for Interview Magazine:
“If I did the sequel – and in fact, I’ve already written a script – I’d have to find a way to make it fun for me,” he explained. “The idea of doing a straight Xerox is just not interesting because, as you know, these films take at least two years and in our cases, because of the pandemic, they took even longer.”
Baby Driver follows Ansel Elgort’s brilliant getaway driver, who is compelled to take one more assignment before he can leave his life of crime behind. The picture was a critical and financial success, grossing $266.9 million on a budget of only $34 million.
It’s understandable why Sony would want Wright to do a sequel, but the British director reveals how he selects his projects.
“My rule of thumb is you have to really want to do it,” he said. “We’ve both been in situations where we have walked away from a studio franchise movie because we weren’t feeling it. I know that we share many things in common, and that’s one of them.”
After significant pre-production work on Marvel’s Ant-Man, Edgar Wright famously walked away. And, despite the fact that rumors of a Baby Driver sequel emerged just a month after the film’s premiere, Wright was eager to separate himself from the popular action film.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done exactly the same thing twice in a row,” he explained. “In fact, the reason I decided to do Last Night in Soho was that at the time when Baby Driver was out, it was doing an awards run and got Oscar nominations, and I was getting a lot of pressure to jump straight into doing a sequel. And I just wasn’t ready to do the same story again. It was a conscious thing of switching gears.”
Following the release of Baby Driver in 2017, actor Ansel Elgort has scored a role in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming remake of West Side Story. Edgar Wright joked about wanting to resurrect as the next Doctor in Doctor Who while writing and directing Last Night in Soho.