Edgar Wright Nearing Deal to Write ‘Baby Driver 2,’ Addresses Kevin Spacey Allegations
Baby Driver isn’t the first Edgar Wright film to spur talk of a sequel, but it is the first time that the director has been open to making a follow-up to one of his features. Wright previously revealed that Sony had asked him to consider a sequel to his wonderful action-musical, and according to a new interview, he’s close to signing a deal with the studio to at least write the screenplay for Baby Driver 2. He also has some thoughts on the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Spacey, who played the villain in the first film.
Speaking with EW, Wright delivered an update on the Baby Driver sequel, revealing that he’s nearing a deal with Sony to script a follow-up to his latest feature — though he’s not sure if that will be his next directing project, or if he’ll make something else first:
Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one. I’ve definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it’s the next movie, I don’t know. I’m just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I’ve been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I’ve been offered since [the release of Baby Driver]. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because — slightly beyond my control — but there was four years between The World’s End and Baby Driver. I don’t want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years.
He is certain about one thing, however, and that’s his commitment to making sure we don’t have to wait another four years for the next Edgar Wright movie.
Released earlier this year, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as the titular Baby, a skilled getaway driver with tinnitus who relies on curated mix tapes to rev his engine. Kevin Spacey played the villain in the film, and although the actor himself offered an update on a potential Baby Driver sequel, the recent accusations about his alleged history of sexual misconduct have ensured that he won’t be acting again for quite some time — if ever.
Unlike Baby Driver co-star Jon Bernthal, who said Spacey acted like a “bully” on set, Wright says he saw nothing but professionalism from the actor. Still, he stands with the victims and with all the cast and crew members whose hard work shouldn’t be “tarnished” by the allegations:
The truth of it is that I only had a professional experience with him and I wasn’t aware of any misconduct during production. I’m as troubled and distressed as I’m sure you are by the accounts that have come out in the last five weeks. All I can really do is offer my support to the victims that have come forward and be aggrieved on their behalf. I want to stress that hundreds of other cast and crew members worked on this movie and they contributed truly great work to this production. I remain very proud of the finished film and I remain very proud of their tireless efforts. I don’t want to appear insensitive in any way, but I really have to celebrate the incredible work of my cast and crew. I would be nothing without them and I don’t want them to be tarnished by the private actions of one person.