Paul is an upcoming “alien geek comedy” from the Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz guys, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The plot centers around two sci-fi geeks who, after enjoying a trip to the Comic Con (mecca for all things geek), decide to take a road trip to Area 51 for some “UFO sight-seeing.” On the way, they inadvertently run into a fugitive alien called Paul.
The Greg Mottola (Superbad) directed, Pegg/Frost written comedy has just finished shooting, and today we have the first ever look at an official image from Paul (which has nothing to do with fellow Screen Rant writer, Paul Young, FYI ). Unfortunately, it doesn’t give us a look at the titular alien (since he’s CGI, there’ll be a lot of post-production special f/x work) but rather a look at Pegg and Frost (along with co-stars Jane Lynch and Blythe Danner), who play the two geek leads. Don’t believe they should be labeled that? Just check out their t-shirts:
Apart from maybe seeing the titular alien, the image shows just what we expected: two fish out of water geeks staring in awe/shock at something undoubtedly “other-wordly.” The photo is part of a bunch that were sent to the guys over at Collider from reader “Liz.” They were apparently taken at Stage 41 at Universal Studios in Hollywood. For the rest of the photos – which include a wider shot of the photo on the wall of one of the studio stages – you can head over to Collider.
It’ll be interesting to see how Paul turns out, considering it’s the first time Pegg and Frost have made a film without Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz writer/director Edgar Wright (he co-wrote those two mentioned movies with Pegg). I guess Wright favored his own “geek movie,” in the form of the comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World…
Pegg’s comedy track record without Wright hasn’t been that great, with two films that should have been A LOT funnier, Run, Fatboy, Run and How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (amongst others). But I’m sure that won’t happen with Paul - worst case scenario, we know that Pegg and Frost work well together as a comedy duo on (and off) screen.
What do you think of the first photo from Paul? Do you think it will deliver on its unique premise or just end up being a novelty idea that wears off?
Along with Pegg and Frost, Paul stars Seth Rogen (voicing Paul), Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, and Sigourney Weaver. No official release date has been set for the film yet, but it is supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2010.