Edgar Wright Interview: ‘Baby Driver’ director
“The association between music and images is always something that’s very strong for me,” divulges director Edgar Wright as we chat via webcam (watch the exclusive video above) about his film “Baby Driver.” Wright first came up with the idea of a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) with a love for music when he was just 21 years old, making it “my oldest idea, really.” While fleshing out this passion project for over two decades, “It just fed into my own music and listening habits, and the way that I respond to music in life.”
The film features an almost continuous soundtrack, with music underscoring and complimenting the numerous car chases. “All of the songs are ones that I love,” Wright reveals. “They’re all songs that I would listen to and have in my library, and really it’s just things that conjure up images. A lot of the songs that are in the big set pieces are all very interesting songs musically, in terms of they have dramatic time signatures or interesting structures. So that kind of informed a lot of the sequences.”
“Baby Driver” recently placed on the National Board of Review’s Top 10 list. The film holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and took in over $100 million dollars at the box office. “It’s been such a weird ride,” he laughs, “because the film’s been my biggest box office success, and it’s just ironic that it was actually with one of my oldest ideas that I’ve been sitting on for over twenty years.”
Wright contended at the BAFTAs in the Best British Film category for “Shaun of the Dead” (2004). He is best known for writing and directing such films as “Hot Fuzz” (2007), “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010), and “The World’s End” (2013).