How ‘Halloween’ Copyright Issues Led to the Best Joke in ‘Baby Driver’

/Film | 9/13/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Edgar Wright is a singularly talented filmmaker with a knack for balancing dynamic action scenes with comedy. And Baby Driver was the culmination of that — a heist film that played like a musical, with a fair few great jokes thrown in. But it turns out that one of the best gags of the film came about by accident.

Wright revealed that the Baby Driver Mike Myers joke wasn’t actually written that way in the script, but a last-resort gag by the filmmaker after the Halloween copyright holders prevented them from using the likeness of famous horror villain Michael Myers. So what did Wright do? Use another famous Mike Myers.

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The Halloween reboot/sequel wasn’t due to be released until a year after Baby Driver hit theaters, but it seems that Blumhouse — which holds the rights to the franchise after Miramax picked it up from the Weinstein Company — kept an iron grip on the rights to the Michael Myers mask. “They have never licensed out the mask to other movies / TV / commercials to keep it special for the movies,” Wright expanded. “I respect that.”

The scene in question takes place early on in the film, in which Ansel Elgort‘s titular “Baby” is...
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