Two weeks before the London premiere of The World’s End, the final film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, the writer-director tweeted an odd picture: five Cornetto ice cream cones, with the cryptic-sounding quote, “Hmm. I guess there are five…”
Wright has a history of leaking big news on Twitter – last year, he teased the upcoming Ant-Man in another photo – so the implication that Wright was considering expanding the trilogy to a pentalogy had fans speculating which themes the Cornetto Vanilla & Chocolate and Cornetto Enigma cones would inspire. (Strawberry symbolizes the blood in Shaun of the Dead, Original represents the police uniforms in Hot Fuzz, and Mint signifies the aliens in The World’s End.)
At a Comic-Con media roundtable session for The World’s End, we asked Wright if his picture meant that he was adding two more films to the trilogy, and he denied that it had any significance and said that he was merely talking about Cornetto ice cream.
“No, I just tweeted it because it’s kind of annoying to me that they keep bringing out new flavors. And also in other countries, there’s even more. We went to Australia the other day, different flavors that they don’t even have in the UK, and then we went to Italy and there were even more. There used to be three and now there’s, like, seven. But that doesn’t mean that there’s going to be seven movies. I think we’re ice creamed out.”
Still, that doesn’t mean that Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are finished shooting films together. Explained Wright, “This has become an unofficial trilogy, but once we realized we were going to do a third one and try and tie them all together, we wanted to make it a very definite wrap-up on certain themes. So I know that we’ll work together again, but it might be something completely different.”
As for what kind of film he wants to make next, Wright added, “I think everything that I do will have an element of two different genres. A lot of the films that I really love combine two things. I think that’s not something I’m going to go away from.”
If Wright means it, then Ant-Man could be an even more exaggerated blend of comedy and action than the other entries in the Marvel franchise—it’s already being rewritten to better fit into the Marvel franchise. But at the same time, Wright also about-faced when describing the next project on his list: a horror film. No, it won’t be a full version of Don’t!, the mock thriller trailer he shot for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse. As he describes, the project isn’t a cross-genre mix, but a pure horror film.
“I’m actually developing a horror film that’s not funny in the slightest. It’s funny, when people ask me, ‘Are you ever going to do a feature of Don’t!?’ I say I’d rather do a straight horror film, to be honest.”
Despite his recent denials—including his insistence that he hasn’t visited the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Edgar Wright is, after all, best mates with Simon Pegg who openly admits to lying to the press. In a follow-up roundtable, Pegg was asked to come clean about his denial that Khan was the villain in Star Trek into Darkness. In his response, the actor argued that it’s his duty to misdirect information about his upcoming films.
“I don’t owe that person the truth, you know. All that person was trying to do was spoil my film. So the least I owe him is the truth. It’s not a guessing game. If you get it right, I don’t go, ‘Well done! You win! Here’s the the film spoiled for everybody just because some guy wants advertising on his website.’ We protect our film at all costs because the audience reaction to it is extremely important to us and some people might want to anesthetize themselves against twists and turns by knowing what’s going to happen, but I’m not interested in helping those people do that. And I got so sick of people asking me and sort of going, ‘Come on, come on,’ like I was going to say fucking yes. I just said no because, ‘I can’t say,’ starts to sound like an admission. So I just thought, ‘Fuck you, I’m going to lie.’ Sorry!”
If Edgar Wright is also taking Pegg’s philosophy to heart—especially given Marvel’s emphasis on secrecy—we shouldn’t believe much we hear from him before Ant-Man‘s release date of November 6, 2015.
The World’s End releases August 23, 2013.