Got some news about the next moves of two rising directorial stars. The first is one of my favorite people, Edgar Wright, and the second is a guy who revealed the non-Jew-saving side of Liam Neeson, Pierre Morrell.
Wright, who has made two of my favorite movies in Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, said to Empire that once he wraps work on the film version of Scott Pilgrim versus the World his next movie will likely be a crime drama called Baby Driver. He also indicated that unlike sets he has run in the past, there will be no blogging or constant updating of fans on his next film.
Wright didn’t say much about the nature of Baby Driver except that it will be another riff on action-adventure films and that it will take place in the U.S. As for other projects, such as Ant-Man and his next film with Simon Pegg, his co-writer and star of Shaun and Fuzz, Wright said that they are all on the backburner until he gets done with Pilgrim.
I love this guy and as far as I’m concerned, he can do no wrong right now. Through his first two films and the BBC T.V. series Spaced (which brought together Pegg, Wright and Nick Frost, a co-star from Shaun and Fuzz) he has not only failed to strike out but has hoisted three monumental home runs. I’m sure whatever he does next will possess the style, flair and hilarity of his earlier projects. Pressure, Edgar? We all expect great things from you. Don’t fuck up.
And Pierre Morrel, the guy behind Taken (which I kind of enjoyed), is set to direct an action thriller called Pursuit for Universal says Variety. The film will be based on the exploits of conflict photographer Jason Howe, who fell in love with a woman while on assignment in Colombia. Imagine his surprise when he found out she was an assassin. Based on how well this guy did with Taken, I think this material is right up his alley. It feels a lot like something Luc Besson (The Professional) would do, and based on Besson’s co-writing credit on Taken, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has taken up the mantle of Morrel’s mentor. I’d like to think that we live in a world where people like Luc Besson get to be mentors.