‘The World’s End’ Featurette: The Accidental Cornetto Trilogy

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When Patrick Swayze (or possibly Patrick Swayze’s stunt double) first jumped over a fence wearing a Ronald Reagan mask in 1991′s Point Break, he had no way of knowing what the simple and effortlessly cool piece of action choreography would inspire. As the third film in Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto’ trilogy of comedic genre films hovers on the horizon, fence-jumping is set to return as just one of the films’ running gags and connecting threads.

The World’s End stars Wright’s long-time friends and collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, along with Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, as a group of five pals who reunite – with varying levels of enthusiasm – twenty years after a failed pub crawl to return to their home town and finish what they started.

Things don’t quite go according to plan, however, as the men discover their once-peaceful town has been invaded by robots with glowing blue eyes and ink for blood, and that their intention to end the night at a pub called The World’s End might be dangerously appropriate.

Simon Pegg and Eddie Marsan in The Worlds End The Worlds End Featurette: The Accidental Cornetto Trilogy

Ahead of The World’s End‘s release this summer, IGN has unveiled a featurette explaining how it fits in with the two previous films - Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – and how three random ideas for movie scripts came together to form a surprisingly cohesive trilogy of films. Featuring a few new clips from The World’s End and some old favorites from the two previous films, as well as interviews with the producers, director and cast, the video is perfectly pitched to recapture the widespread love for the Cornetto films, and to get fans of Wright’s work hyped for the final chapter.

Wright explains that he originally came up with the concept of the ‘Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy’ as a joke in an interview after he had already finished making Hot Fuzz. The name is a reference to¬†Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors films, an arthouse trilogy about life in French society that had different stories and characters in each film but thematic threads connecting them. Though Wright was only half-serious at the time, the films he had already made were tied together in multiple ways, and so when it came to writing The World’s End he decided to make the film the concluding entry in a trilogy.

The Worlds End pub crawl The Worlds End Featurette: The Accidental Cornetto Trilogy

Whilst The World’s End is a comedy about a robot apocalypse, it is not intended as a parody. Pegg emphasizes the fact that the Cornetto trilogy is not a series of parodic films, but rather that each installment is simply an abstraction of a genre into the framework of British comedy – ¬†love letters to the kind of films that Wright & Co. love the most. Just as Shaun of the Dead was intended as a genuine zombie movie with humor (a “rom-zom-com”) and Hot Fuzz was an action movie set in an ostensibly quiet English countryside town, The World’s End is “a quest movie with an extremely irresponsible King Arthur at the helm of it.”

The featurette does not show exactly how the Cornetto will come into play in The World’s End, though Simon Pegg mentions that it’s only a “throwaway” reference, but if any of Wright’s films requires the cold snack, it’s this one. After all, the morning after a pub crawl is when a man needs a Cornetto the most.


The World’s End will be here on August 23, 2013.

Source: IGN

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  1. Hell to the yeah!

  2. Choc and nut Cornettos are the best. Yum!

  3. This, then GOTG next!

    • Whoops, I meant Ant-Man!!

      • ANT-MANNNN.

        let’s get ready to see a great story told by Edgar,
        He’s been at Ant-Man for half a decade, and I’m glad he’s still attached to the project (he’s been attached as early as 2006!)

        I’m excited to see what he comes up with on the film.
        Ant-Man is a tricky character to bring to the screen, and make believe, you know those casual movie-goers will be like Ant-Man? and laugh it off, or not..

        Let’s let the Ant-Man trailer, promo art, and set pieces speak for themselves. I can see Edgar playing with ANTS (literally) and other bugs. As Mr. Gunn as been buddying it up with a racoon. ;)

        • “Ant-Man is a tricky character to bring to the screen, and make believe, you know those casual movie-goers will be like Ant-Man? and laugh it off, or not..”

          Ant-Man looks to be like the “Aquaman” of the MCU. He has a really strange powerset that almost seems out of place but in the end proves to be a viable asset to the team.

  4. Is it just me or does Pegg seem like a bit of a d**k in this video?
    Wright & Frost seemed genuinely excited and funny but Pegg seemed like he couldn’t be bothered.

  5. Hello, I am doing a project at college for A2 film studies about the cornetto trilogy and what each film is actually trying to portray and if it reveals any British culture, so I was wondering if any of you super fans were able to answer a few questions? As to what your opinion is, as one thing I have to do is get primary source data and this is the best I could think of without going to actually speak to the actors/directors etc, which realistically I wouldn’t really be able to do. Thank you.