After much anticipation from fans world-wide, it looks like production will finally begin on the third film in what is affectionately known as the “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy – The World’s End. The new project will bring back the same crew, with Edgar Wright in the director’s chair and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in starring roles.
While Shaun of the Dead took a stab at zombie flicks and Hot Fuzz toyed around with the action genre, The World’s End is expected to address the pertinent issues in… well, we’re not quite sure yet.
From the name, one could expect any number of similarly themed ideas, from alien invasion to post-apocalyptic to disaster film. The plot summary, what little was given, is rather vague in presenting fans with the information they need to make that assessment.
Consider the following:
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent 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 home town 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.
So, we know it’s about drinking at least. And 40-somethings. Considering that Wright and Pegg wrote the script, it’s likely to be a mish-mosh of aliens, disasters and nuclear war all rolled into one.
Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two films, though they were certainly entertaining. I am pretty eager to see what they manage to pull off this time around, however, and I’m guessing their cultish followers are as well.
Filming is expected to start this September with a likely release date (if everything goes according to schedule) of Spring 2013.
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have built themselves quite an avid, nerdy fan base. They’ve been the creative minds behind such amazing series and movies as Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When they’re not working together Wright is off bringing Scott Pilgrim to life and Pegg, with other frequent collaborator, Nick Frost, is traveling the American West with an alien in Paul. Clearly, they have lots of excellence to own up to and somehow top.
Shaun and Hot Fuzz are considered two parts of the ‘Blood and Ice Cream’ or ‘Three Flavored Cornetto’ trilogy. The (hopeful) trilogy is named for the excessive, over the top violence in the films as well as the inclusion of the scene, “Want anything from the shop?” “Cornetto.” which appears in both.
When Pegg was recently asked by Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It Cool News whether they felt any pressure to live up to their previous films,
Yeah, and I hope we sort of confound it in a way. I wouldn’t want to become predictable or be the guys who do that. The next thing that we do will hopefully be… you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined – that we’re going to start in earnest very, very soon – to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can’t just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we’re going to make sure that we do that. I’d hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.
And when asked about when we might expect such a collaboration,
We already started the conception process, so it’s just a question of when we can get together. I’m just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we’re lucky.
As we know Star Trek 2 (or 12) still has some script work to be done as well as J.J. Abrams having his way with it before they can make any head way into production. So there’s a solid chance the finale of the Bloody Cornetto Trilogy could be happening. Or we’ll be gettting something completely different yet totally awesome from Wright and Pegg soon.