You might know Edgar Wright as the director of last year’s underseen screen gem Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and you might know Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the onscreen and screenwriting duo from the upcoming Greg Mottola comedy Paul. But probably you know them all from the work they did collaborating on the awesome action comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Those films were written by Pegg and Wright, they starred Pegg and Frost, and they were directed by Wright.
And according to Simon Pegg, they’re all ready to have another go at it. He told MTV, “Edgar has coughed up that [Scott Pilgrim] furball and we’re now in the process of regurgitating [Paul], so Edgar and I are planning to get together in the next few months to start working on the next in the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ series. And I hope Nick will be more involved in the creation of that.” So does this mean that now that Pegg and Frost have written together we may get a three-man writing team for the next, ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ movie, as he calls it?
The next in the series is rumored to be called The World’s End, and whereas Shaun of the Dead was a comedic take on the zombie genre and Hot Fuzz was a comedic take on the action genre, this will be an irreverent look at the tried and true disaster film. The thing that sets the movies these guys have made together apart from other parodies is that they don’t just exist as a spoof of the genres they are imitating, they also work on the surface level as just a good zombie movie, or just a good action movie, while at the same time being funny. If this same approach is going to be taken with The World’s End, then it would seem like a pretty hefty FX budget will have to be found somewhere.
After the disappointing box office returns for Wright’s Scott Pilgrim, I don’t know how easy that’s going to be. Nevertheless, Pegg says, “We’re hoping… hoping, fingers crossed… maybe next year would be a good time to make it, even release it.” But he seems to have as many doubts on the matter as anyone else. He then added, “We would like that in an ideal world, but it’s not a fact, nor should it be disseminated as such. On the Internet, you have a lot to answer for!” Truer words were never spoken. The Internet, she is a cruel mistress. Probably the best we all can do at this point is wait and see what kind of numbers Paul is able to bring in next weekend and go from there. So if you guys want to see more of that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz flavor, you know what to do: get out there and support Paul on opening weekend.
It’s up to us to support weird filmmakers and the studios that let them make weird movies.