In 2017, British filmmaker Edgar Wright released one of his best films: “Baby Driver”. Carried by Ansel Elgort, the film is a great success. But did you know that his feature film is inspired by a clip he himself made in 2003?
Baby Driver : a great critical success
Famous for having staged the Cornetto trilogy and Scott PilgrimEdgar Wright hits hard in 2017 with his sixth feature film: Baby Driver. Worn by Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and even Jon Bernthal, the work received rave reviews from the press and spectators. In addition, the feature film receives three Oscar nominations and brings in more than $226 million in worldwide box office receipts for a budget of $34 million.
As a reminder, the story follows that of Baby, a young driver who works for bank robbers. Obviously, things go wrong when he tries to hang up to leave with the beautiful Debora. If today Baby Driver is a well-known film by its author, which is less well known, it is that Edgar Wright was inspired by an old clip to imagine his film.
A clip he had made himself
We have to go back to 2003. At the time, Edgar Wright distinguished himself with his unknown movie A Fistful of Fingers and the series The Lights. The year after, the filmmaker will stage his first popular success: Shaun of the Dead. But in 2003, the director still made music videos. So he is contacted by English singer Mint Royale to direct the clip Blue Song.
The young filmmaker then decides to place the singer at the wheel of a car. Already, at the time, the latter is a driver who transports robbers to the scene of their misdeeds. Here too, as in Baby Driver, the staging is designed to respond to the tones of the song. As in the film carried by Ansel Elgort, the protagonist evolves according to the music.
It is then obvious that this clip Blue Song is the draft of what will become later Baby Driver. We find in particular in the opening scene of the feature film elements in common with this clip. Asked by NME at the time of the release of Baby DriverEdgar Wright then declared that Blue Song was a kind of ” repetition “ before the movie.
To come full circle, Edgar Wright concealed an easter egg from Blue Song in Baby Driver. Indeed, the most observant may notice that the clip Blue Song is shown on a television screen in one of the scenes of the film.