11:42am PT by Mia Galuppo
Edgar Wright Says Sony Has Approached Him About a 'Baby Driver' Sequel
Baby may be getting back behind the wheel.
In an interview with Empire's film podcast, director Edgar Wright said that "the studio" has approached him about writing a sequel to his latest film, Baby Driver. Sony's TriStar Pictures released the action pic over the weekend, along with production companies MRC and Working Title.
Sony had no comment on the potential of a Baby Driver follow-up.
Still, of the possible sequel's plot, the director explained (as noted by Vulture), "I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not kind of the apprentice anymore.”
Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as a conflicted getaway driver with a stacked iTunes playlist and a rotating team of bank robbers. He is hoping to get out of the business and hit the open road with his waitress girlfriend Debora (Lily James) and some Barry White.
The Baby Driver sequel would be the first time that Wright attempted a follow-up to one of his films, which include the vaguely connected Cornetto Trilogy — Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and The World's End.
In a crowded summer box office, Baby Driver is one of the few movie options that is not a sequel or based on existing IP. It opened opposite Illumination Entertainment/Universal's third installment in the Despicable Me animated franchise and made $29.6 million at the domestic box office over the five-day holiday frame on a post-rebate budget of $34 million.
The action film, which had an ultra-successful SXSW world premiere, has benefited from universally positive reviews — 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 86 score on Metacritic — with filmmakers including Guillermo del Toro taking to Twitter to laud the movie and Wright. Baby Driver has attracted a predominately younger-skewing audience with 40 percent of the total tickets sold to moviegoers under 25, which is possibly due to its online word-of-mouth buzz.