You might know Edgar Wright as the director of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End – whose films are among this generation’s most beloved comedies. Wright also directed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, another cult comedy starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. And while Wright was set to direct Ant-Man during the MCU’s first phase, he decided to depart the studio project and continue work on Baby Driver, which is set to hit theaters in 2017.
So far, we know that Ansel Elgort is starring as the titular Baby, a getaway driver with a condition that forces him to constantly listen to music on his headphones. If this isn’t just the best excuse to make an entire movie consisting of nothing but Wright’s unique visual flair set to a great soundtrack, I don’t know what is. The film is reported to have a soundtrack featuring over 35 songs.
Wright has been quoted as saying:
I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music. It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.
Truthfully, this can go either way. Too much music can be overpowering, as we saw in this year’s Suicide Squad, which had a soundtrack that felt like white noise at certain points. However, Wright has proven himself to be a master of balancing tone, style, and substance, and setting an entire film to music will be just another challenge for the talented filmmaker to conquer, and it’ll be interesting to see how prominently the music is featured throughout the film.
This is also the first of Wright’s films to be written entirely by himself. His previous writing credits have always been shared with either Simon Pegg or Michael Bacall, two great writers, so it’s definitely another challenge for Wright to be working from a script that he’s crafted entirely on his own. I’m also curious to see how his work will translate to American audiences.
The Cornetto Trilogy is full of distinctly British humor, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has more jokes about video games and Canada than anything. Since Wright is going to be working with his most diverse cast yet – which includes Lily James (right), Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, and more – Baby Driver might finally be the first of Wright’s films to hit with American audiences, as none of his movies have turned anything close to a profit in the states.
All in all, fans of Wright’s previous work needn’t worry. Baby Driver is on its way to becoming another stellar addition to the director’s filmography, which already includes four comedy classics over the span of just ten years. Check back for more Baby Driver updates right here on GEEK!
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