Greg Mottola Directing Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's Next Film
Two big news items surrounding cult actor Simon Pegg have both hit today. First, Pegg is no longer going to be in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards as originally reported. "I won't be appearing in QT's forthcoming Inglorious Bastards due to insurmountable scheduling difficulties. We really tried to make it work but in the end, it just was not possible without severe ramifications elsewhere." Quite sad because I was looking forward to his appearance, but that's how it goes with busy actors like Simon. The good news, however, is that Pegg's next film, titled just Paul, has found a director. Greg Mottola of Superbad and the upcoming Adventureland has signed on to direct that film which was written by Pegg and Nick Frost.
We actually first mentioned Paul back in May. The film is a road movie set in America about two British comic book geeks that get into an adventure across America. Apparently Nick Frost, the larger of the two actors, will be playing the lead while Pegg will be the sidekick - which actually makes more sense with that story. I've been incredibly excited to see this movie since it was first announced and I'm so happy that it's getting made this soon! Back in May, Pegg said it would be shooting later this year, and considering his scheduling conflict with Tarantino's film, it sounds like they're shooting Paul already. I can't wait to see how Mottola handles Pegg and Frost without Edgar Wright directing this time!