Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to collaborate again following Three Cornettos Trilogy
Simon Pegg has revealed that plans are already in motion for him to collaborate on another project with Edgar Wright.
The pair have been friends and collaborators for three decades and wrote the 'Three Cornettos' trilogy together - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.
The last of those movies came out in 2013 and since then Pegg and Wright have focused on other projects. For example, Pegg is now a key figure in the Mission: Impossible franchise, while Edgar has written and directed hits like Last Night in Soho and Baby Driver.
The plan is for the pals to get together and write something new, soon, but Pegg says it won't be like anything they've produced before.
"We’ve always done original ideas, even though we’ve kind of built them around existing genres or whatever," the actor told Discussing Film.
"Edgar and I are always talking about what we’re going to do next. Neither of us can believe it’s been 10 years since The World’s End. But because our careers have obviously changed and we’re not just sitting around writing zombie films like we used to, the real problem now is about syncing our diaries up at a time when we can both sit down and write a film. And then obviously shoot it. I’ll say this, it’s not about if but when we will do something, which we will do because we’ve already started talking about it.
"Edgar came over to my house last year and we started kicking ideas around. It’s not going to be another sort of Cornetto film in that those movies were specifically genre riffs, which addressed the idea of the collective versus the individual.
"There are certain kinds of thematic consistencies between those three movies which make them a trilogy – it’s not just the ice cream, it’s a series of connecting thematic details. With what do next, we want to be completely different from that. We don’t want to do a take on action movies or a take on sci-fi or a take on horror. We want to make a movie that is totally its own thing, existing outside of the Cornetto trilogy. My desire, really, is to do something super different."
No sequel to Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz
For years, fans have been yearning for a sequel to Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz or The World's End, but Pegg isn't interested in going back to those respective universes, instead hoping to do something fresh with Wright for their next project.
"At the risk of disappointing people, we get a lot of requests to 'sequalize' all three of those movies. I feel like it’s a lazy impulse for people to embrace familiarity and just accept the same thing again. I’m very flattered by it, and it’s never anything but edifying to be to have people say, 'Oh, we would love to see more.'
I get that! But what we really need is new stuff. We need new ideas. We need to be challenged. You know, my favorite of the Cornetto trilogy is The World’s End because it’s the least audience friendly. It’s the darkest of the three. It’s the most challenging, and I love the idea of actually putting the audience in a position where they have to feel a little bit uncomfortable and not necessarily cosy into the familiar. So whatever we do next, it’ll be difficult that’s for sure."
Shaun of the Dead
Comedy / Horror
2004 • 99 minutes
Comedy / Action
2007 • 121 minutes
World's End, The
Comedy / Scifi
2013 • 109 minutes