Nerd do well Simon Pegg has got a lot going for him these days. He wrote a book that’s flying off the charts, he’s got a big franchise under his belt in Star Trek, he continues to get to write the kinds of movies that interest him, and a bajillion other acting jobs keep coming his way. Not bad for a little pasty dude from the UK. However, never one to let his nerd-cred expire, Pegg has lined up a new role that geeks all over the planet should find cool for several reasons.
First off, despite the fact that Pegg is generally in huge movies these days his next project, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, is going to be a very small film that reportedly will cost under $4.9 million to make. Secondly, this dark take on a children’s author making the transition to crime novels has been written and will be co-directed by Crispian Mills, former frontman of the indie band Kula Shaker. There’s another 10 cool points right there. But that’s not the kicker, what makes this project sound interesting is the plot synopsis, which is pretty unique, and which instantly gets me picturing Pegg playing the role.
Pegg’s author protagonist begins researching Victorian serial killers in order to make a big splash in his new genre. The problem is, he’s kind of a neurotic dude, so after immersing himself in serial killer lore for so long he begins to become paranoid that everyone is out to get him. When a studio executive shows up and expresses interest in adapting his new book, Pegg’s character takes that as a sure sign that the universe has something planned for him, and all hell breaks loose. The thing is being described as a “psycho-comedy.” I don’t know about you, but I love seeing this guy continuing down the road less traveled by taking offbeat roles. He’s like a handsome version of Johnny Depp. [Variety]