Edgar Wright is best known for a few films, usually collectively entitled The Cornetto Trilogy, that consist of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. Now, while talking about Baby Driver for Movieweb, Wright had this to say about which of the three would make for the best sequel, and why:
“I’ve definitely had some ideas and me and Simon have even talked about it at points, but it’s that thing of, do I want to spend three years of my life doing that? Or do I wanna, if I have the opportunity to tell a new story, would I do that? If somebody said to me, if Baby Driver 2, if that kind of came up, it would be like, ‘I have ideas.’ I would never say never, and you’re not wrong to say that that’s the one that you could do further installments.”
Wright says of the three films in the Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz is really the only one that has sequel potential:
“It’s funny. I think the thing with sequels is that I’ve always been looking for what’s next? And the thing with any movie is, it’s going to take up at least two years of your life. Maybe three. So, when you’ve got youth on your side, and I’m already in my forties now, it’s like, I guess I would rather be telling new stories than revisiting old ones … Hot Fuzz I think is the only one of the Cornetto trilogy that you could do a follow-up. The tricky thing with a lot of sequels, and especially comedy sequels, is once characters have finished an arc. You know, in Hot Fuzz Danny Butterman especially, Nicholas Angel becomes less of an automaton and becomes more human and Nick Frost’s character becomes less of a simpleton and more of a badass. So then the thing is like, when that’s your starting point for the next one, where do you go from there?”
My take: Shaun of the Dead can’t be made into a sequel because the film ended pretty much in a way that precludes much sequel building. Same goes for The World’s End. Hot Fuzz is the only film in the Cornetto Trilogy that is open to serialization. Should Wright do it? Sure, if he has the time. I’m open to it. Sounds like a movie I just might watch for some laughs, assuming Pegg isn’t too old for the film. The real question is: is Nick Frost in, or out?