Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have been busy in recent years. After making a name for themselves with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both of their careers have blown up in a big way. Pegg has become this generation’s Scotty in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek relaunch, and since gone on to appear in other huge projects such as The Adventures of Tintin and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Wright helped pen the Tintin screenplay, not to mention directing the underrated cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and having been attached to make an Ant-Man movie at some point. Now a new picture posted to Edgar Wright’s twitter suggests that the pair are finally diving into a long-awaited flick called The World’s End. Here’s the shot, which was posted along with the message “Hard at work…”
Fans of Pegg and Wright’s work have probably heard the name before. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were the first two films of a planned trilogy called the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy,” aka the “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy.” It’s named for the brand of ice cream, and each film contains a scene where a character purchases a specific flavor of the treat. In Shaun of the Dead it was red strawberry, in Hot Fuzz it was blue classic, and in The World’s End it will purportedly be green mint chocolate chip. If that seems like a pretty flimsy thematic throughline for a trilogy, the entire thing is basically a joke referencing the Three Colours film trilogy.
Little to nothing is known about The World’s End but it’s probably a safe bet that it will star Simon Pegg and frequent onscreen buddy Nick Frost. Since both Shaun and Hot Fuzz were direct satires of specific film genres, World’s End will likely follow suit. Given the title, it seems likely that it will tackle the “end of the world” movie. It’s a genre overdue for a thorough skewering, and Pegg and Wright are just the chaps for the job. The question is what sort of apocalypse will it be? Biblical? Aliens? Robots? They’ve already done zombies, so I doubt they’d repeat themselves. Maybe they’ll take the Shyamalan route and make it a treepocalypse. Stay tuned to GFR for more.