After an extremely successful first week in theaters, the well-received Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) film, Baby Driver, might just get sequel, helmed by Wright. Sony has been raking in box office capital and excellent word of mouth, like our own. Renowned icon Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and horror writer Stephen King are also among audience members who loved the film.
13 Tweets on BABY DRIVER. 1: A long, long time ago (my generation’s youth) a maverick filmmaker named Walter Hill made two promises-
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 27, 2017
I saw BABY DRIVER this afternoon with a bunch of my friends. We hollered and clapped. It’s that kind of movie. Ultimately cool.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 29, 2017
Wright told Empire, “The studio have 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 has never directed a sequel before, let alone one to his original films. His “Cornetto” trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) and his 2010 adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World comics were crafted to be self-containing stories, and Baby Driver follows suit in spades. However, Wright feels that there is indeed more to Baby’s musical story left to tell.
He tells Empire, “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.”
The film, starring Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars), Lily James (Cinderella), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Jon Hamm (We’re the Joneses), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) among others, has been described best by del Toro as a “movie in love with cinema,” delighting in its visuals and the world it portrays. Given all of this positive reaction, it makes sense that fans and content creators alike are hoping for another film to recreate the magic of the original.
However, there are two questions inherent in sequel production. First of all, would this film would be better suited to standing on its own? And more importantly, is the appeal of the original is something that can be replicated without recycling anything?
Nonetheless, fans shouldn’t get too excited yet, as everything is still up in the air, especially because the production company involved hasn’t explicitly or publicly confirmed the rumor.
Baby Driver is currently in theaters. What do you think? Would you like to see a sequel to Baby Driver or any of Wright’s other films? Comment below and let us know.
Additional reported by Austin Allison.