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You know those production companies that like to offer up a blow-by-blow description of an upcoming film’s plot months before it even hits theaters? That’s definitely not the Bad Robot way. J.J. Abrams instills the fear of God into the collaborators he works with, somehow getting them to speak in only the vaguest terms possible in order to heighten mystery and suspense. Remember the mass confusion surrounding Cloverfield? Remember Benedict Cumberbatch’s aggressive claims that he wasn’t playing Khan? Bad Robot’s collective lips are normally sealed tight, which is why it’s a big deal that we seem to have actually been given a genre for Edgar Wright’s upcoming film Collider.
The Wright/ Abrams collaboration is being penned by screenwriter Mark Protosevich. Recently, he sat down with Ain’t It Cool News to talk about his work on OIdboy, and during the conversation, he offered up a specific genre for the project.
"The one thing I'll say is that Edgar's movies have a certain tone, and this one might be a little unexpected because the main thing we're going for is scary. Smart and scary."
In case if that wasn’t clear enough, Protosevich later admitted the horror wouldn’t be Wright’s typical brand of scary with a wink but instead full blown frightening, which makes sense because some cultish or undead elements wouldn’t be a break for the director at all. In fact, he seems to prefer to work with at least some level of macabre in play, even if it’s to snicker at and provide material for his pop culture savvy and usually clever characters to comment on.
As ScreenRant points out, the scribe never overtly says Collider is the project he’s referring to. Thus, there’s always the chance he’s got two collaborations going on with the Shaun Of The Dead helmer right now, but I think it’s probably safe to play the averages here and assume he doesn’t, especially since a hush-hush horror project is within Abrams’ wheelhouse too, who will produce the flick.
No dates for when this project might see the light of day have been released, but Wright’s more immediate focus will definitely be on Marvel’s Ant-Man, which is currently in the casting phase of production. Since it’s a superhero effort with a giant budget, shooting and post-production will also take longer than with the typical movie. As such, it will be quite a while before Wright will be able to focus serious attention to Collider. In the grand scheme of things, however, waiting a little longer is definitely better than making the director think about multi-tasking.
We’ll keep you updated on Collider if any more details come into focus.