In 2004, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost unleashed Shaun of the Dead. Fans quickly embraced the quirky horror comedy as a modern cult classic. Then, in 2007, the trio created Hot Fuzz, a satire of hyper-macho, gun-toting action movies. Despite the two films’ disparate content, they were seen as the first two installments in what has become known as “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.” Now the three men have revealed plans to film the final installment in the thematically scattered trilogy, dubbed The World’s End.
According to an announcement made late yesterday, Pegg and Wright have finished work on a script. The film is to be directed by Wright, and like the two previous entries in the trilogy, it will star Pegg and Nick Frost. Courtesy Twitch, a synopsis of the film’s plot:
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.
Though a bit coy on specific details, it seems relatively typical as far as Pegg/Frost/Wright films go. Pegg and Frost, best buds in reality, will portray on-screen best buds who are beset with a relatively mundane problem that quickly turns into a massive existential issue — and if that title is any indication, one would expect it to be a rather apocalyptic issue.
Unfortunately, this is the sum total of what we know of The World’s End. If we had to guess, it seems likely that a film entering production this September could feasibly hit theaters by Summer 2014, though again, that’s speculation, and could be wildly off the mark for any number of reasons. Until we hear more from Pegg and Wright, we’ll simply have to keep our fingers crossed that this film will be seen sooner, rather than later.
In the meantime, we suggest rewatching Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Those two flicks really do get better on repeat viewings, especially the maniacal glee with which Timothy Dalton chews the scenery in Hot Fuzz.