Before Edgar Wright can finally bring the world the long awaited Ant Man movie, there’s the little matter of The World’s End. For the third part in the so-called Cornetto trilogy—which began with Sean of the Dead and continued in Hot Fuzz—the Scott Pilgrim director reunites with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Edgar Wright is pretty much geek royalty at this point, having directed Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World over the past decade or so. (This is also a guy who wants to make a friggin’ Ant Man movie, so his geek credentials are unquestionable.) What you might not know about those first two movies, unless you’re a die-hard Wright fan, is that they formed the first two installments of a planned trilogy co-written with Simon Pegg. Alternately known as the “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” or the “Three Flavours of Cornetto” trilogy, the films don’t share storylines, but they are connected thematically. Wright and Pegg have been hinting for a while now that the final installment was on the immediate horizon, and today it’s official: Universal has given the greenlight to The World’s End, which will begin filming this October for a 2013 release.
The press release includes the following intriguing plot synopsis, which reveals the basic setup but not much else — which is as it should be.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub — The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Aside from the news that The World’s End has been greenlit, there hasn’t been much in the way of details about the latest team up from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. The film is purportedly the third in a loose trilogy that started with Shaun of the Dead, their homage to zombie movies, and continued with Hot Fuzz, their take on adrenaline-fueled action. The question has been what variety of film The World’s End would take aim at, and now it looks like they’re targeting science fiction.
Talking to Empire, Wright says, “It’s a sci-fi comedy.” Pegg is quick to point out that their film is “social science fiction.” If you Wikipedia that term, as the duo suggest you do, you’ll find out that social sci-fi revolves less around technology and space and more on the direction of society. It’s an amalgam of speculative fiction and anthropology. I always think of the classic dystopian novels like Brave New World and 1984, but the subgenre cuts a wide swath subject wise.
I’m curious how these elements will mesh with the rest of the plot description. The story involves a group of long time friends on an epic pub-crawl. They try to get through twelve pubs—the final one is called The World’s End—as “a cataclysmic, possibly apocalyptic event, rages around them.”
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…”