Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – are set to produce a horror comedy TV series called Truth Seekers. Pegg and Frost are of course no strangers to the horror genre, having starred in the aforementioned 2004 “romantic zombie comedy” Shaun of the Dead. Shaun would of course become the first film in the duo’s – along with director Edgar Wright – “Cornetto Trilogy,” which went on to include 2007’s buddy cop comedy Hot Fuzz and 2013’s sci-fi apocalypse comedy The World’s End.
Increasing his horror bonafides, Pegg – and Wright – also ended up making a cameo as zombies in 2005’s Land of the Dead, the fourth flesh-eating entry in zombie godfather George A. Romero’s undead saga. Less well-known is that Pegg went on to make a vocal cameo in 2007’s Diary of the Dead, Romero’s fifth zombie film. Similarly, Frost made a quick cameo in Wright’s Grindhouse fake slasher trailer Don’t. In other words, Pegg and Frost clearly love horror, making it no surprise that their upcoming projects revolve around the genre.
As Pegg and Frost tell Variety, they formed their own indie production company last year, called Stolen Picture. The duo now have their first movie set to come out this year, and a TV series on the horizon. That series is called Truth Seekers, a half-hour horror comedy centered on a trio of paranormal investigators that encounter a different supernatural creature or phenomenon in each episode. In hindsight, Pegg and Frost appear to have been talking about its early stages here. Here’s how Pegg sums up the premise.
“Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something. It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. ‘Shaun of the Dead’ was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.”
It’s unclear at the moment whether Pegg and Frost plan to play an on-camera role in Truth Seekers, as the Variety interview doesn’t specify one way or the other. One assumes that it they were going to star, they would say so, but that doesn’t necessarily mean small recurring roles couldn’t potentially be in the offing.
Also on Stolen Picture’s plate is horror comedy feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, which is currently undergoing post-production. Slaughterhouse Rulez is set in a posh U.K. school that is set upon by a demon after a fracking project accidentally releases the beast from within the Earth. Serving as distributor for Stolen Picture’s projects is Sony. Neither Truth Seekers or Slaughterhouse Rulez have release dates as of yet.
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