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post Nov 8 2004, 12:04 PM
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Edgar Wright Talks Shaun Follow-Up

Exclusive: Empire gets the skinny on Pegg and Wright's next move

The Shaun of the Dead bandwagon may be rumbling on through its tour of America, gathering celebrity fans left, right and centre (George Romero, Sam Raimi, and Quentin Tarantino are all huge fans, and Peter Jackson has called it "the most entertaining film I have seen all year."), but Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg aren't just sitting back and letting all the adulation go to their heads.

Instead they've started work on their eagerly-awaited follow-up – and Empire can reveal that it's not a sequel to SOTD. In fact, the boys are tackling another much-loved genre.

"We want to tackle the action / cop genre. The idea would be to do a sequel in tone to Shaun but to tackle what we think of as the Great British Action Film, in the grand tradition of The Young Americans and Downtime," laughed Edgar, speaking exclusively to Empire from his hotel in Minneapolis.

"I've always found it amusing when I was at college and there was a spate of films out that tried to make out that London and Scotland and Manchester were as action-packed as LA or New York," explained Wright (seen here with Pegg and the original 'The Dead Walk' newspaper from Day of the Dead, donated to them by FX guru, Greg Nicotero).

"But I don't think there's really been a convincing UK action film. I don't count Get Carter or Long Good Friday because they're more crime films. So I'm not slagging off all the great British crime movies. We just thought it would be really fun to make the UK equivalent of Hard Boiled or Desperado - but very, very English!"

It had been reported recently that action was where Wright and Pegg were next headed, although with the involvement of the likes of Little Britain's Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and – bizarrely – Dustin Hoffman and Alfred Molina mooted for cameo roles. Well, let us shoot down the clay pigeon of rumour with the trusty bullets of fact.

"It's very early days but some of the story was *beep*," said Wright. "Not that we wouldn't want to work with them. We could find a part definitely for Alfred Molina. He's a great British actor and one of the best villains working at the moment."

The only cast members so far confirmed include Pegg (naturally) and Nick Frost, whose Ed went down such a storm in Shaun. But though there won't be any cross-over in characters between Shaun and the new movie, Wright did reveal that the two films might not be totally separate. "I love the idea of expanding and having a repertory company in a way. I like the idea on the next one, as well as involving some of the Spaced and Shaun crowd, to cast the net wider and keep bringing people into it," confirmed Wright.

"We'd like to continue over a couple of scenes or running jokes. There are a couple of synergy things in Spaced and we'd like to take them across, the same way Tarantino did with Red Apple cigarettes. So there's the idea that this is taking place in a universe."

Although Brits and action don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, Shaun was cool enough, dark enough and more than funny enough to revitalise the zombie genre. Only time will tell if this follow-up can do the same for action. "We've got some good stuff already and when we get back we just want to knuckle down and write it," said Wright. "It will have elements of comedy and action and some kind of horror elements as well."
Pegg and Wright are writing the script when they can on their tour (and when they're not maintaining their tour diary blog at www.shaunsquad.com) and hope to go into production next year.
And the working title for this Working Title production? "There's a couple of working titles. We're deciding between whether it's going to be Raging Fuzz or Hot Fuzz. It may be neither of these, but it could be fuzz-related. I've got to do a film that doesn't have a pun in the title," laughed Wright. Why so? Worked out pretty well for SOTD. "My CV reads A Fistful of Fingers and Shaun of the Dead. I can't do any more pun-based titles. I can't do it. My IMDB entry is going to look ridiculous!"


This one in the forum at the IMDB, thought I'd cut and paste it in case anyone missed it.

Desperado with tea and biscuits, can't wait!
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post Nov 20 2004, 02:57 PM
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QUOTE (Lee @ Nov 8 2004, 12:04 PM)
This one in the forum at the IMDB, thought I'd cut and paste it in case anyone missed it.

Desperado with tea and biscuits, can't wait!
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post Jan 20 2005, 10:35 PM
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Simon & Edgar Talk about Hot Fuzz

They have gotten a lot work done on it already. These guys are great filmmakers because they really put the effort into it. They have done lots of research on this one like they did with Shaun.

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"Actually, we've been hingin' out with the police over here, just sort of researching. We've been going out on patrol and touring loads of police stations and talking to both the cops and criminals; between the altercations. That's all been very interesting. That's the research work we've done so far on the new film."
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post Jan 21 2005, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (rabbit57i @ Jan 20 2005, 10:35 PM)
Simon & Edgar Talk about Hot Fuzz

They have gotten a lot work done on it already. These guys are great filmmakers because they really put the effort into it. They have done lots of research on this one like they did with Shaun.

SIMON:
"Actually, we've been hingin' out with the police over here, just sort of researching. We've been going out on patrol and touring loads of police stations and talking to both the cops and criminals; between the altercations. That's all been very interesting. That's the research work we've done so far on the new film."
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Exciting isn't it? Though my brother has been getting rather narked recently. As he's just about to finish a film course, its always been his dream when he was younger to direct a British zombie movie, then Shaun of the Dead started to be made. Then he wanted to make a proper British action movie, and now Hot Fuzz is in the make - sure he loves Shaun, but all his dream projects are slipping away!
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post Jan 21 2005, 10:54 AM
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I'm gonna move this to Castwatch as it's more about Hot Fuzz than talking about the Future of Spaced.
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post Jan 21 2005, 04:39 PM
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QUOTE (Kick in the Head @ Jan 21 2005, 05:19 AM)
Exciting isn't it? Though my brother has been getting rather narked recently. As he's just about to finish a film course, its always been his dream when he was younger to direct a British zombie movie, then Shaun of the Dead started to be made. Then he wanted to make a proper British action movie, and now Hot Fuzz is in the make - sure he loves Shaun, but all his dream projects are slipping away!
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He should get in touch with the boys, they are probably of the same mind set.


Thanks for the move Baz! It was looking for this thread before & couldn't find it. smile.gif
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post Feb 10 2005, 04:41 PM
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I WAS RIGHT!

As I previously mentioned on this topic, I suggested that they'd film Hot Fuzz in the West Country (specifically Somerset) as its where Edgar and Simon grew up. Well, Simon talks to Teletext:

"It's a cop action thriller and it's going to be set in the West Country...We're hoping to start filming this year...Both me and Edgar grew up in the West Country so we're taking it back to where we came from. We're going home. We haven't got to the casting stage yet, but we're planning to release it in 2006."

Goody-goody! I just hope I'm not in friggin' London while they're about in need of extras (fingers crossed)! biggrin.gif
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post Feb 13 2005, 03:01 PM
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Hope this isn't old news:

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/580/5809....html?fromint=1

http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/article/03020504.php
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post Feb 13 2005, 03:43 PM
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Dunno if it is or not, but it may be as there's already a longish thread on the subject matter.
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post Feb 13 2005, 06:28 PM
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QUOTE (superfurryandy @ Feb 13 2005, 03:43 PM)
Dunno if it is or not, but it may be as there's already a longish thread on the subject matter.
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post Mar 14 2005, 10:44 AM
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Looks like Empire use the excuse of giving Edgar and Co an award last night to grill them on Hot Fuzz.

Edgar Wright on Hot Fuzz.
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post Mar 14 2005, 02:05 PM
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"Edgar and myself are about to go off into the countryside and try to do the main body of the writing, and we've managed to get Nick Frost who's very expensive now."


Damn straight. The man's got the goods!
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post Mar 14 2005, 06:01 PM
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So next time he'll be arriving in a private helicopter?

"A helicopter chiselled out of a massive diamond, so you can see where the money's going. British cinema is on the up!"


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I thought that article was a bit obnoxious. What's the rush? I mean let these guys bask in the glory of their wonderful accomplishment. Do we really want then to burn hot & quickly?
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post Apr 21 2005, 08:04 PM
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http://www.empireonline.co.uk/site/news/Ne...p?news_id=16730

How thankful we are, that in this age of PC moderation, some people still know how to have a good time. Last we heard, Nick Frost was living the high life, arriving at the Empire Awards in "a helicopter cut from an enormous diamond." When we caught up with him at last night’s world premiere for The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, how glad we were that his windfall from the megahit Shaun Of The Dead continues unabated. "Yeah, I have a big office, and I have money fights sometimes. I wash with money… it's amazing." He said, oozing the charm and sophistication of someone 100% secure with their vast riches. Of course, we only have Nick’s word for this – we’re yet to see the helicopter. And the office. And the money. Or so much as a cardboard box for a residence.

But you can do nothing but believe a face like Nick’s, and we were certainly all ears when it came to Hot Fuzz. "Simon and Ed have finished the first pass… they've taken their time, and written a great draft, and it's gonna be good. I hope."

There are few things in heaven and hell that could stop that being a foregone conclusion, but the Spaced boys will be needing more time to nurture the project. Exactly how long is still unclear, but Frost hinted at a start date. "Well it's in good shape, so I think next year, beginning of next year we can go into production, and we'll start. Perfect!" Our sentiments indeed.

As for casting, our favourite Clyde impersonator was as helpful as he could, at this early stage, be. "I think I'm gonna play some kind of oafish copper. Of course. You know, what else?" We wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Hurrah!

Interesting piece with an old photo sadly, so no updated loveliness

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