Edgar Wright Talks ‘Baby Driver’, The Music & Influences Behind The Film

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Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, with its released pushed up two months, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer, and probably of the year as well. According to Edgar Wright, the movie has been in production for a long time and that he started working on it “after Hot Fuzz and then I finished writing it after Scott Pilgrim.”

Speaking with Screen Rant, the director first discussed how the development of Baby Driver changed over time.

“I guess it was more of a concept initially and I sort of knew what I wanted to do tonally and what kind of movie I wanted it to be like instead of what the general premise was and it was a nice voyage of discovery in terms of starting to build out the plot and the characters and the twists and things like that. And also once I started writing I started talking to ex-cons and real getaway drivers and FBI people and stuff and that’s always fascinating to me. It was also something (interesting) because it’s an American film and a crime film. I met this guy who’s amazing, an ex-convict who is now a writer called Joe Loya who wrote a book called “The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell”, and I found him through a researcher and we became friendly. So when I would write pages I would sometimes sent them to him and say ‘Does this sound kind of real?’ I’m real aware of being English and middle class and writing an American crime film, so I may as well get the okay from someone who has been inside for ten years.”

Just by watching the trailers, it’s clear that the film’s soundtrack plays a large role in the film, although Wright wouldn’t describe it as being a musical.

“It isn’t in the sense that it’s not like Mamma Mia, I don’t know why that was the first thing that came to my mind, but there is a lot of music in it in terms of Ansel [Elgort]’s character is playing music the entire time. So it’s not like a film where anybody sings out loud but it’s taking things that are in Scorsese or Tarantino or Soderbergh films and in those films you have the jukebox kind of soundtrack and the idea with this is that the lead character is actually playing those songs. So the songs are always sourced, they’re either in his ears or playing in a diner or playing on a stereo, so there’s always within the scenes. So that’s the premise of it really.”

Wright also talked about the influences behind Baby Driver and cited Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino as “big” influences.

“I think things from when I was growing up. Obviously Scorsese or Tarantino’s films, but a big influence on me are Walter Hill’s movies. Walter Hill’s early movies like The Driver and The Warriors, I love those movies and I liked his style. Walter is somebody else that I’ve got to know through doing Q&As so I’ve made him fully away, I’ve said ‘You know I’m totally ripping you off, right? We’ll call it a big tribute to you.’ So I think a lot of those films, that would be a big influence, The Driver. Which if you’ve never seen it is really great.”

Baby Driver, which stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx, will be in theaters June 28.

Source: Screen Rant

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