Though the three films in his “Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) share a few winking common references, director Edgar Wright has never made a sequel – partly because none of his films had met with enough commercial success to warrant one. But that’s changed with Baby Driver, his whiz-bang car-chase musical extravaganza, which has turned into a surprise hit for Sony, racking up $29 million in its first weekend and $39 million in its first five days of release (not bad, considering the film’s production budget was only $34 million). So Sony is asking about a sequel. And Wright is kind of into it.
Appearing on Empire’s Spoiler Special Podcast, the director explained, “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.”
And where would he take him? “Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there’s somewhere deeper for them to go,” Wright said. “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.”
Well, that’s certainly one way to go. Or, if we may be so bold as to make a suggestion, maybe it could be a kind of anthology series, and we could meet another baby driver? Maybe this time, like, an actual baby? Or maybe – and just hear me out here, Edgar – maybe this would be an opportunity to reach out to Lorne Michaels and make the one SNL movie we never got but always deserved?
Just putting it out there.