Every cloud has a silver lining. When Edgar Wright left Ant-Man back in May, a lot of people were understandably disappointed (Wright himself probably chief among them). But here’s the thing, what that really means is that we’re getting more movies that are his vision top-to-bottom. More “Edgar Wright Movies.” For eight years it looked like Ant-Man could actually fit in that category, but forces at either Marvel or Disney began to push back. Personally, I’m glad Wright didn’t waste another 18 months working on something that might have felt diluted by executive notes.
Wright fans now find themselves in a happy scenario where they’re getting a new movie from him sooner rather than later. It’s called Baby Driver. You may even remember this title being bandied about 6 years ago when he signed a two picture deal with Working Title Films following Hot Fuzz (the first film under that deal ended up being The World’s End). Back then the film was described as “a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the U.S.” And now it’s apparently happening. Hit the jump for more on Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver.
Per Deadline, the film is in the vein of the Cornetto Trilogy and is a “collision of crime, action, music and sound.” It appears that Wright will be the sole writer on the script. There is no word yet regarding any involvement from Simon Pegg or Nick Frost, so we’ll have to wait and see on that one. Baby Driver is said to be on the fast track so hopefully we won’t be waiting too long. The film will be produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Nira Park. Working Title has a deal with Universal, so it’s likely they will distribute (but not yet official).
I’m elated by this news. This makes all of the Ant-Man drama worth it, and I’m happily surprised it’s coming together so quickly. I’d much rather have a movie with Edgar Wright’s vision intact than something compromised.