Edgar Wright will be moving further into the mainstream with his upcoming Ant-Man film for Marvel, but the director has had a loyal fanbase for years thanks to his hilarious partnerships with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Wright's beloved Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (aka the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy) began with the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead and the buddy cop action parody Hot Fuzz and was supposed to end with the apocalyptic sci-fi comedy The World's End. However, the final film has been in unofficial development for years with no clear start date. Thankfully the wait is over!
Deadline has learned that Universal has officially greenlighted The World's End. According to the article, Wright is currently in pre-production on the film, which will begin shooting in the UK in October. That's slightly later than the production date previously reported, but still great news for fans of the Wright-Pegg-Frost triumvirate.
I've seen Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead at least 20 times and I never get tired of them. And from the sounds of it, The World's End will be another winner. For those unfamiliar with the movie's premise, here's a synopsis of the film via Deadline.
The film starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The 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 hometown 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.
Just by reading the description, it's easy to see some of the terrific comic possibilities in The World's End. Pegg and Frost are always terrific together on screen and Wright has built his career on satirically (but lovingly) sending up classic genre films. Plus, who doesn't love a good pub crawl? (Besides my liver, of course.)
In addition to the news of the official greenlight, Edgar Wright also released a cool teaser poster for the movie on his website. Check it out below.
Are you exicted to follow Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Forst to The World's End?