Summer has only just begun, and there are a lot of great movies ahead to occupy your time if you want to take a break from the sunshine. As the season comes to a close, it will bring with it The World’s End, a British sci-fi action comedy from the makers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, which stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost teaming up in the lead roles with a little help from Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike.
The film is about a group of friends who, in their teens, attempted a pub crawl across their home town of Newton Haven. The adventure ended in failure, as none of them managed to make it all the way to the final pub on the plan, The World’s End. To finish the job, Gary (Pegg) tracks down his old mates twenty years later and persuades them to return to Newton Haven for a second attempt. Their plans go awry when they discover that their home town has been taken over by alien robots with blue blood and glowing eyes.
Yahoo has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for The World’s End, which is all about director and co-writer Edgar Wright, who has been friends with stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg for many years and collaborated with them on the sitcom Spaced before their first slice of international success, Shaun of the Dead. Wright’s directing style is described as very perfectionist, with a desire to do as many takes as are needed in order to get a scene right, but working on the film nonetheless looks like it was a great amount of fun.
The Playlist has also collected together some fresh promotional material for The World’s End, including two new TV spots. The first of these emphasizes the fact that The World’s End is the closing chapter in what Wright has jokingly titled his ‘Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy‘. The other TV spot is an abridged version of the full-length trailer, which could come in handy if you’re trying to pitch the film to a friend and only have a short amount of time in which to do so.
If the dubstep song used – “Doomsday” by Nero – sounds familiar, you might be recognizing it from one of the trailers for last year’s video game release, Borderlands 2. Wright has a good track record of having great soundtracks for his films, so let’s hope that The World’s End won’t be an exception.
The blood (and ink) is also flying in five new stills from The World’s End. Since the alien/robot attackers have blue blood and skeletons made out of some kind of metal, there is an interesting debate to be had as to whether watching them get butchered (there’s a brief glimpse of a beheading in one of the TV spots) really counts as violent imagery. In the past, it’s been known for blood color in films to be altered (for example, the pink Klingon blood in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) in order to avoid a higher classification, but since The World’s End has a firm R rating it’s possible that some human characters might bite the dust in a gruesome manner as well.
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The World’s End faces a reasonable amount of competition on its release weekend, going up against young adult fantasy novel adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and home invader horror You’re Next. Hot Fuzz managed to outperform Shaun of the Dead at the box office by a considerably high margin when it was released, thanks to the large fanbase that had built up around the first installment of Wright’s trilogy, so it’s possible that The World’s End might build upon the success of the two previous films even more.
Do you think that the Cornetto Trilogy might have run out of steam, or do you think that The World’s End will be a worthy closing chapter?
The World’s End is scheduled for August 23, 2013.