What Is Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ About?

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We might well bemoan the loss of the Edgar Wright touch on Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man feature, but there is a silver lining: now, the innovative action-comedy director gets to work on his own original (and, likely, far more interesting) project. Deadline reports that Wright will next helm a film called Baby Driver, a mixture of “crime, action, music and sound.” Even with all those nouns jumbled together, the project is still largely ambiguous. And with a title like Baby Driver, we can only begin to imagine what it might be about…

A baby that’s also a driver?
Wright directs a Look Who’s Talking-style family comedy (rated R for language and violence, but still… for the family) about an infant who sets out on the road in his parents’ Chevy Camaro.

Somebody who drives babies around? Like a chauffer for babies?
Inspired by Vin Diesel’s The Pacifier, Wright creates a film about a tough guy getaway driver who takes a new gig picking up the Wasserman kids from nursery school… and grows to love them.

Somebody who drives actual babies? Like the car is a baby, and the guy drives the baby-car?
In the distant future, Jonathan Swift’s “Modest Proposal” has been brought to life in a few interesting ways. This dark dystopian fantasy has people driving around vehicles made of discarded babies, in light of the recent metal shortage.

An early-years biopic about Good Will Hunting star Minnie Driver?
Get it?

An animated film about a young screwdriver?
Finally, Wright takes his visual style to Pixar, breathing life into a toolbox of adventures led by a plucky young screwdriver named Phillip.

So, maybe one of those. Or, you know, an actual idea. Either way, we’re excited.


Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.