Working Title Films has closed a deal with Tom Rothman’s TriStar and MRC to co-finance Edgar Wright’s next pic, “Baby Driver,” with “The Fault in Our Stars” actor Ansel Elgort in early talks to star.
Sources confirm that Sony will distribute the movie through its deal with TriStar.
Wright, who recently dropped out of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions.
Plot follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
“We’re delighted to be riding shotgun as Edgar Wright takes the wheel of his next film,” Rothman said. “TriStar is in the business of backing original voices, and he is all that. Working Title are great producers and MRC great partners. They and Edgar are making the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film, and together we’re buckled up and ready to go.”
“Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between MRC and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.
Working Title has worked with Wright on several films, including his last pic “The World’s End,” and Hollywood has been buzzing about what his next project will be since he exited “Ant-Man” last summer. Rothman has had a long-standing relationship with Wright and fought hard to land the pic.
Sources say talks are in early stages with Elgort, but it looks like a deal will come together after actors including Logan Lerman and John Boyega chased the part.
Elgort, who is repped by CAA, can be seen next in “Insurgent.” Wright is also repped by CAA.