It's only been a couple weeks since The World's End's first trailer, but already there's another with a ton of new footage from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost's latest unlikely small-town happening. The film wraps up the trio's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, combining the zombie hive-mind of Shaun of the Dead and clandestine danger of Hot Fuzz with a new ostracizing threat: robots in human flesh. Not only that, there's now another hurdle to jump beyond a series of fences. There is also a small hedge. Sequels always have to add more villains.
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It seems Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy will be drawing to a close slightly sooner than expected. Focus Features has reportedly bumped up Hot Fuzz's thematic follow-up by over two months, now setting an August 23 release date for The World's End. The actual world's end remains set for February 10, 2015.
These new photos Empire has published from The World's End don't really reveal much new about the film--other than that its "epic pub crawl" will indeed involve some dudes getting drunk by way of beers. Nonetheless, they are another joyful reminder that Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are finally completing their Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, so here they are anyway. Gaze with appropriate longing. The film doesn't come out until October.
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Reminding us that Real-Life Pals Brave the Apocalypse is not a genre exclusive to the U.S.--and also is apparently a genre--Simon Pegg today tweeted this first photo from The World's End, the hugely-anticipated comedy that sees him alongside frequent comrade-in-arms Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead cameo-er/Bilbo Martin Freeman, Hot Fuzz's Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan. In the loosely-thematic Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy closer, the group reunites 20 years after "an epic pub crawl" to see if they can make it through to the final bar on their list, The World's End. Also, the world is actually ending if they don't stop it, so the title works a couple ways. These guys are clever like that.
Because one can never have too many likable, comic, British everymen in a movie, Martin Freeman has been recruited to join Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in closing out their comedy trilogy with The World's End.
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Have a celebratory pint: Edgar Wright officially has the greenlight for The World's End. The film--meant as the closing chapter to the Wright-Pegg-Frost Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (see: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)--has been being prepped for a spring 2013 release since May, but only today did Universal Pictures give a formal go-ahead, announcing an October start date and releasing a teaser poster presumably bearing the names of the taverns to be visited in the film's "epic pub crawl." Have a look at the full one-sheet below, and envy Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's talent for coming up with highly-euphemistic bar names.
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It involves heavy drinking and saving humankind.
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Good news, fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz: if the above photo is any indication, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are at last getting to work on The World's End, the final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy that began with 2004's Shaun.
Of course, back in December, Cornetto Trilogy co-star Nick Frost claimed there was already a script for the film that they tentatively planned to shoot this year, but this... this is big. When the giant paper easels come out, that means shit is happening for real. Or it means that Win, Lose or Draw is about to start. But seeing as how Burt Reynolds is nowhere in sight, I think it means shit is happening for real. Yay!
Bad news for those of us anxiously awaiting the size-altering, insect-communicating portion of Marvel's never-ending superhero movie line-up. Speaking to Empire, writer/director Edgar Wright revealed he hopes to move from his in-production film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, to a film called Baby Driver, thus putting off his adaptation of Ant-Man and the finale to the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy:
"I’d like to make Baby Driver next if possible," he told us. "On this film and other things I’ve been blogging furiously and putting up a photo every day, but I think when I do that one I’d like to go completely silent for once. Probably because it’s not an adaptation or anything, or a sequel to anything else. I’d like to just make it in private, basically."
We hoped that this might be a tale about a baby driving stuff around, but Wright set us straight: "No, you’re thinking of Baby Transporter, which is the Muppet Babies of the Transporter series." Instead, a quick online search showed that this is in fact a "a wild spin on the action and crime genre which will be set in the US.”
So is this going to be next on Wright's To Do list? Well, looks like. "Simon’s [Pegg] not involved in Pilgrim. And I was kind of involved with Paul as a producer at the start, but basically I can’t be in two places at once. I’m not one of those people who can do three things at the same time, even though I try to be. So once I’m doing one thing, like this, I’m only doing this. Other things – like Ant-Man and me and Simon’s next film – have all gone away until I’m done with this."
God, what do I have to do to see a movie about a crime-fighting scientist who use his skills to invent technologies that enable him to shrink and a helmet that allows him to control ants? I've waited long enough, world.
A helpful commenter on Cinematical has pointed out a recent interview PiQ magazine did with Edgar Wright. In it, the writer/director briefly discusses his upcoming projects, Scott Pilgrim, The World's End, Them, and Ant-Man, and reminds you he was directing the amazing British comedy Spaced at 24. If you're like me, this last point will cause you a few moments of head-in-your-hands self-evaluation/self-pity. Don't worry; as usual, this will pass.
Here's what he said regarding Ant-Man:
I wrote that for Marvel and I’m in the process of doing a second draft. I had a lot of fun writing that script, I wrote it with this guy Joe Cornish, who is a really funny UK writer. It’s not really an out-and-out comedy. I think some people assume that it must be a spoof, but it’s not really. I guess it’s as funny as something like Iron Man is, it’s on that level of entertainment, really. It’s a big, high concept, special effects comic book adaptation, and very character-led and we found a way of… I guess in a similar way to Iron Man, the thing that worked with that and hopefully will with this is that it’s a different way of seeing a superhero origin, because you’ve seen so many of them and we really tried to figure out a fresh take on that story. So it’s definitely a Marvel film but it’s got a little twist on it in terms of the way that it plays out.
I've already decided this will be my favorite superhero movie alongside The Dark Knight, which I'm also just assuming will be very good. So don't screw anything up over the next several years, Wright, or it's going to completely eff up my entirely speculative list of great superhero movies.
If you're familiar with the so-called "blood and ice-cream trilogy"--Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's series of comedy-action-spoofs that began with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz--or even if you're just familiar with trilogies as a concept, you'll know there should, logically, be a third film. Speaking to British papers, Pegg and Wright confirmed they're still at work on just such a thing, and more importantly, announced the working title of The World's End. Does this indicate a sci-fi armageddon? A post-apocalyptic future? A Caribbean ghost ship? Sadly, they didn't say. But for the fatties, Pegg did mention the final featured Cornetto flavor: mint chocolate chip!
Hot Fuzz duo confirm third movie [BBC News]
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