Want more Baby Driver? How about more Alien? We could be seeing both in the future, according to their respective directors. Here’s what we know:
Edgar Wright is writing Baby Driver 2:
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Edgar Wright has revealed the status of a potential Baby Driver sequel, and it sounds positive. There has been hopeful buzz about Baby Driver 2 since the release of the original last summer, more so as it proved to be a box office success, but now there’s some certainty that it’s in the works. While no real details are shared (though we can at least be sure that Kevin Spacey will not be back), here’s the latest info directly from the filmmaker:
Talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one. I’ve definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it’s the next movie, I don’t know. I’m just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I’ve been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things that I’ve been offered since [the release of Baby Driver]. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because — slightly beyond my control — but there was four years between The World’s End and Baby Driver. I don’t want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years.
What his statement seems to indicate is that not only might Baby Driver 2 not be his next project, but Wright may not direct the movie at all. This certain isn’t an uncommon turn of events for a sequel, but for Wright’s fans it could be disappointing. He has worked on scripts for other people’s movies before, although one of them, Ant Man, was initially meant to be helmed by him. Still, it’d also could be preferable for his fans that he direct something else, something new and original.
Ridley Scott wants the next Alien to be less alien-focused:
Another property that could use a fresh perspective is Alien, especially after this year’s Alien: Covenant stumbled at the box office. Ridley Scott, who helmed that movie and the 1979 original, as well as the prequel Prometheus, is still certain he’ll be doing more with the franchise. Previously we’ve heard that Scott wants to personally direct a couple more prequel sequels, and he recently told Entertainment Weekly the potential focus of the next one. Here’s a quote:
We are [going to make another], we are. I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff…People say, “You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,” so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that’s more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting.
Scott’s interest in AI is obvious in both Prometheus and Covenant with his focus on Michael Fassbender’s android character[s], and early version of both those movies had tried to excise the alien focus. Meanwhile, he wound up producing a sequel to his AI classic Blade Runner, also released this year. It seems neither Covenant nor Blade Runner 2049 completely satisfied Scott’s interest in the subject matter, though, and adds this to where his head is at with the dangers of AI:
[Facebook] put two AIs together and they were communing. It already invented a f***ing language! And they couldn’t decipher what the language was so they had to switch them off. What was said and where’s it gone? They could have already implemented something we don’t know.
At the moment, there are no Alien movies on Fox’s schedule, though Scott said in the past one would be filming next year, and IMDb lists one as being due in 2019.