Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End’ Gets a Synopsis & Production Start Date

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worlds end wright pegg frost Edgar Wrights The Worlds End Gets a Synopsis & Production Start Date

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are finally prepped to reteam for The World’s End: the finale to their “Blood & Ice Cream” (or, rather, “Three Flavors Cornetto”) trilogy, after cult hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

While Universal has not yet officially greenlit World’s End, production is slated to get underway this September, with a Spring 2013 release date in mind. The project isn’t expected to be too pricy (much like previous Wright, Pegg and Frost team efforts), so it should encounter little resistance in making those dates.

Similar to how Shaun is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to George A. Romero’s brand of zombie cinema – with Hot Fuzz serving as a salute to brazen Hollywood buddy cop flicks – The World’s End is expected to be a playful subversion of apocalyptic thriller genre fare. Wright will once again direct Pegg and Frost, based on a script he co-penned with Pegg (with the following logline, via Deadline).

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Wright, Pegg and Frost seem to bring out the best in one another, as their past collaborations (beginning with the 1999 TV show Spaced) have been praised for striking a great balance between laughs, sentiment and technical flair; that their separate endeavors (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Paul) are generally regarded as not having scaled quite the same heights as Shaun and Hot Fuzz, is testament to that. As it were, World’s End sounds like another potential home run for the trio.

We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The World’s End as the story develops.


Source: Deadline

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  1. How about the Ant-Man Movie!

  2. i liked scott pilgrim, very re watchable. paul had it’s moments but not enough of them.

    loved me some spaced, hot fuzz and shaun. can’t wait to end the trilogy of blood and ice cream on a high note hopefully

  3. The title reminds me of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe for the play on words. Sounds like a great time to me. If it is like Shaun or HF, I will be down and seeing it in theater.

  4. ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ were both awesome IMO.
    As for their separate endeavors, I liked ‘Paul’ (loved all the geeky references), but I could never really see the appeal of ‘Scott Pilgrim’, so I didn’t like that movie.

    Anyway, ‘The World’s End’ sounds interesting, I’ll watch it.

    • You loved all the geeky references in Paul but couldn’t see the appeal of Scott Pilgrim? There’s not single shot in that film that isn’t referencing some obscure video game.

      • Meh… I’m not a big arcade-game fan (it was before my time).
        It’s a decent movie, but I never really got the appeal… and maybe the fact that I hate the lead actor, also had something to do with it ;)

  5. Love this trio! I enjoyed Scott Pilgrim, though it got obnoxious near the end and have a hard time rewatching it. Attack the Block was amazing. PAUL was plain horrible; as much as I enjoyed the nod to geek culture, the movie was terrible. I’m thrilled about them fulfilling their trilogy!

  6. i am pretty sure this has been explained before, but does anyone care to elaborate why Shaun and Hot Fuzz arepart of the “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy?

    love both movies, excited for The World’s End.

    • This is why…Each film in the trilogy is connected to a Cornetto ice cream flavour – both of the films released to date feature scenes in which one of the main characters purchases a Cornetto of the appropriate flavour. Shaun of the Dead features a red strawberry Cornetto,(blood and zombies) Hot Fuzz includes a blue Classic flavour(blood and police) And as for the blood bit? Because in each movie..there tends to be quite a bit of blood in it.

      • cool, thanks for the explanation.

    • Same team of film makers and each film has a scene where they are eating cornettos. It’s one of them “spiritual trilogies”.

  7. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve been a fan of Wright, Penn & Frost since the release of Shaun of the Dead. I only discovered who Wright was after watching Scott Pilgrim On-Demand and being blown away. So afterwards I did the usual IMBD search and realized he directed that movie Shaun of the Dead that I had heard so much about so it was time to check it out and…
    I absolutely loved it!!!
    Next came Hot Fuzz and…
    I loved it even more!!!
    I recently watched Spaced on Netflix and I loved that to. So the fact that these 3 are getting together again is exciting and I look forward to it.
    Paul was pretty funny, I love Pegg in the other roles I’ve seen him in and I’ve managed to see the other work of Frost and I also like the films that Wright has written or directed.
    The 3 of the seem like genuine film fans who have managed to work in the industry they grew up loving and it shows in their work.
    Wow, I’ve gone on a rant here haven’t I?
    Sorry about that. As you can tell I’m a big fan. :)

    • Check out “Attack the Block”, while not perfect it has some redeeming qualities and a similar vibe to Edgar Wrights films.

  8. I have only seen Shaun of the Dead. I would like to see Hot Fuzz and Paul. Was Hot Fuzz as good as SotD?

    • I personally think Hot Fuzz is funnier but I can see why most people like Shaun more.
      Check it out though. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

    • I thought Hot Fuzz was better – they were both awesome though.