Baby Driver hasn’t hit theaters yet but early rumblings about the quirky caper-actioner seem positive. Amid the anticipation, director Edgar Wright spoke with Movieweb about his and frequent collaborator Simon Pegg’s ideas regarding a Hot Fuzz 2.
I’ve definitely had some ideas and me and Simon have even talked about it at points, but it’s that thing of, do I want to spend three years of my life doing that? Or do I wanna, if I have the opportunity to tell a new story, would I do that? If somebody said to me, if Baby Driver 2, if that kind of came up, it would be like, “I have ideas.” I would never say never, and you’re not wrong to say that that’s the one that you could do further installments.
It’s funny. I think the thing with sequels is that I’ve always been looking for what’s next? And the thing with any movie is, it’s going to take up at least two years of your life. Maybe three. So, when you’ve got youth on your side, and I’m already in my forties now, it’s like, I guess I would rather be telling new stories than revisiting old ones…Hot Fuzz I think is the only one of the CornettoTrilogy that you could do a follow-up. The tricky thing with a lot of sequels, and especially comedy sequels, is once characters have finished an arc. You know, in Hot Fuzz Danny Butterman especially, Nicholas Angel becomes less of an automaton and becomes more human and Nick Frost’s character becomes less of a simpleton and more of a badass. So then the thing is like, when that’s your starting point for the next one, where do you go from there?
While it doesn’t seem that he’s committed to the idea just yet, it’s encouraging to know that Wright is still thinking about the Cornetto films and you never know what the future may bring.
Baby Driver is set for release on July 13th and stars Ansel Elgort, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Lily James, Eiza González and Jon Hamm.
Thanks to Movieweb.