Simon Pegg And Edgar Wright Reveal New Details About The World's End
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost won fans worldwide with their rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead in 2004, by respecting the genres blended while giving them a new dimension. The trio then made a similar leap, paying a cheeky homage to buddy-cop action-comedies, with 2007's Hot Fuzz, and at long last are in pre-production for the final film in what they call the Flavours Cornetto Trilogy—or Blood and Ice Cream trilogy if you prefer—The World's End. Pegg and Wright co-wrote the movie, which the latter will helm, and though they've been pretty tight-lipped on specifics of its plot, we do know it revolves around a reunion/pub crawl that fatefully occurs during a cataclysmic event. Pegg will star as Gary King, a 40-year-old screw-up who wants to revisit the good ol' days by arranging the drunken event with his four childhood friends to commemorate the epic pub crawl they took on 20 years before. Frost will (of course) be playing one of the four, a bloke named Andy Knight.
Speaking to Empire, Pegg and Wright teased a few more details about the film, explaining the pub crawl will include 12 bars—which is a seriously ambitious outing by just about any pub crawl standard—and will conclude at the bar called The World's End. Along the way, the friends will not only confront the failings in their own relationships, but also face a mysterious and potentially world-ending threat. As to what that threat may be, Pegg and Wright won't say, instead focusing on how World's End will be more mature than their past collaborations, but won't lose sight of the team's signature silliness. "This is as much about where you grew up as the people you grew up with, " Wright explains. "I would say it's darker, more personal and more silly."
However it's possible the duo's revelation about World's End's genre could provide some insight into the film's unknown disaster. Wright calls the feature a "sci-fi comedy," but with a "social sci-fi" leaning in the vein of John Christopher and John Wyndham. For those unfamiliar with the subgenres of science-fiction, social sci-fi applies less to tales of incredible technology and space-centric shenanigans, and focuses more on speculative stories of society and often its failings, like Fahrenheit 451 or Children of Men. The reference to Christopher could mean a virus-sparked disaster, as that is the source of trouble in his popular novel The Death of Grass. Or perhaps a bioengineering experiment gone awry like in Wyndam's The Day of the Triffids. Whatever the threat, we can safely assume Pegg's hero will soldier through his pub crawl with a willful and hilarious obliviousness.
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