Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg Back Together for World's End
by Kevin Powers
April 3, 2008
After seeing Simon Pegg in the now-playing Run Fatboy Run, I've decided that the guy is simply undeniably likable in just about anything. I even consider a notable highlight of Mission: Impossible III is Pegg's brief appearance. Of course, I think most domestic audiences knew little of the Englishman until his performance in Shaun of the Dead in 2004. That film was written by Pegg and friend, Edgar Wright, who also directed the flick. Their follow-up collaboration was the equally hysterical Hot Fuzz. Awesomely, the two will pair up again for the tentatively-titled The World's End considering that Working Title Films has inked a new two-film deal with Wright.
In both hit films - and this goes for the upcoming World's End as well - Wright and Pegg pay a comedic homage to their favorite genres of film; Hot Fuzz is the typical action and guns flick, whereas Shaun is a standard zombie affair. There's little detail on what World's End will mock, but presumably it'll be doomsday-ish and sci-fi in nature. I at least hope stout sidekick, Nick Frost, will join the project as well, though details to that effect haven't surfaced.
A testament to the pair's ridiculousness is another theme that runs through these three films: blood and ice cream. The former element is readily apparent if you've seen either film, but what's up with the ice cream? Well, this ultimate trio of films is sometimes referred to as the "Cornetto Trilogy," because each features a flavor of the popular Cornetto ice cream - strawberry (Shaun of the Dead), original (Hot Fuzz) and mint-chocolate chip (World's End). So be sure to look for it in the film when it comes out. I hope they eventually come out with a box set of the movies and play up the blood and ice cream angle!
But back to the news about Wright and his deal with Working Title. The already busy director - he has Ant-Man and Scott Pilgrim on his plate right now - will turn out two films under this agreement, the other being Baby Driver, which will come out before World's End. That film is supposed to be "a wild spin on the action and crime genres which will be set in the US." Pegg isn't involved in this one, but I'm sure it'll still be good. Edgar, though not in the front of the camera, is frickin' funny. Do you remember when he completely pranked Michael Cera and Jonah Hill from Superbad? That's some damn talent. (You can watch the video here as it seems to be taken off of YouTube.)