Because of course they have.
Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker Edgar Wright is back in a big way with Baby Driver, an energetic crime-caper that’s earning rave reviews from audiences (currently with an 8.4 audience score on IMDB) and critics (a huge 97% Rotten Tomatoes score).
It may still be in the middle of its release rollout (it arrives in Australia on July 13), but Sony is understandably already confident with what they’ve got on their hands. So confident, in fact, that they’ve already asked Wright to begin crafting a sequel.
“The studio have asked me to think about writing a sequel and it is one of the ones that I might do a sequel to because I think there’s somewhere more to go with it in terms of the characters,” Wright said on a recent Empire podcast (via Collider). “Baby has got to a new place.”
Slight Baby Driver spoilers ahead.
Baby Driver doesn’t exactly finish like a series starter, as has become more and more common with franchise-chasing studio pictures, but it’s a finale that certainly allows for a continuation.
As for what Wright has in mind…
“Most sequels you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there’s somewhere deeper for them to go,” Wright said.
“I think with Baby Driver there’s more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another [film] you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he’s not the apprentice anymore.”
“And maybe one of the ironies about it is I had thought in the back of my head, ‘Well if the Marvel movie does well, maybe I’ll have enough muscle to get Baby Driver made,’ and so it’s ironic I guess that I didn’t make that movie and got Baby Driver made, and with a studio, which for an original movie is very rare.”