Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Hauling Ass with Ansel Elgort in the Driver's Seat

Friday, 16 January 2015 10:47 Written by  iamrogue
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Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' Hauling Ass with Ansel Elgort in the Driver's Seat

Edgar Wright is putting the Ant-Man debacle in his rear-view mirror, hauling ass on Baby Driver, an original action-comedy that's secured financing, distribution, and even an up-and-coming leading man.

The crazy-talented, hyper-frenetic director of The Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World spent eight years developing Ant-Man, only to depart the project mere months before filming over creative differences with Marvel Studios, which wanted to sand off the project's rougher edges and make less of an Edgar Wright movie.

Ant-Man kept right on trucking with a new director, leaving Wright free to pursue other options.  Not long after he kicked rocks on the superhero movie, we heard he was focusing on Baby Driver, a script he started working on back in 2008.

Now Working Title Films has closed a deal with TriStar and Media Rights Capital to co-finance Baby Driver, with Sony Pictures distributing through TriStar.

Not only that, but the movie is also locking down its star, with Ansel Elgort in early talks to play the titular driver, a prodigy of a wheelman who gets in way over his head.

The first inklings of the story have arrived courtesy of Variety, describing Baby Driver as an action-comedy following a "talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom."

Elgort's best known as Gus in last summer's The Fault In Our Stars, and he also plays a supporting role in The Divergent Series.  He reportedly beat out the likes of Logan Lerman (Fury) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) for the lead in Baby Dr.

Since Working Title is producing, Baby Driver is a reunion between the director, producer Nira Park, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, all of whom worked on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and, most recently, The World's End.

“We’re delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film,” said TriStar shot-caller Tom Rothman. “TriStar is in the business of backing original voices, and he is all that. Working Title are great producers and MRC great partners. They and Edgar are making the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film, and together we’re buckled up and ready to go.”

An Edgar Wright car chase movie that puts its soundtrack front and center?  Ant-Man, Shmant-Man.  We're already in line for Baby Driver.

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