After leaving Ant-man, Wright is to direct Baby Driver, a film that has been in the pipeline for several years already.
After a storm of scepticism surrounding Edgar Wright’s decision to walk away from the future Marvel blockbuster Ant Man, the British director has instead turned his hand to a new project which promises to put a fresh spin on the action-packed crime film. Having shot to directorial superstardom after the incredibly successful ‘Cornetto Trilogy’, his collaboration with long-time friends Simon Pegg and Nick Frost which included the crowd-pleasers Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and World’s End, Wright has found himself as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand directors. Moreover, he has proved that he is unafraid to walk away from a project if he feels strongly perturbed by the direction it is being aimed toward by studio executives.
Wright left Ant Man after a prolonged dispute over the script
With Wright freed from Ant Man after script disputes, Baby Driver is reportedly being fast-tracked towards production, with the screenplay already being written following the Wright’s 2010 hit Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. Details on the film remain scarce, but a small amount of speculation has been addressed by the director in a series of interviews. As intrigued fans have pointed out, Baby Driver is also the name of a track from the iconic Simon and Garfunkle album Bridge Over Troubled Water. In an interview conducted in 2011, Wright conformed he had written a script that borders on being a musical, admitting that it would in many ways act as a departure for the director in terms of style.
The film will be produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Nira Park who have previously worked with Wright on his ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ as well as a string of hugely successful works of cult cinema such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski and High Fidelity. It is yet to be seen whether long-time collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will also be on board with the project, but with the project accelerating towards production it will surely not be long until the cast is revealed. After such disappointment with the snail-paced production of Ant Man, which Wright himself professed in a since deleted tweet, the brevity with which this project is moving seems to have re-energised the director. On top of this exciting new feature, Wright has also announced he will direct the screen adaptation of the young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle, proving that the director hasn’t been dissuaded from representing giant insects on-screen. The film will tell the story of a group of teenagers who unwittingly unleash an army of six-foot praying mantises upon a small American town in the midst of the Great Depression.