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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on the Shaun of the Dead Sequel that almost was…

February 5th, 2021 by Marc Comments

So, myself and my son – who is 15 in the next few weeks – have just sat down recently and watched Shaun of the Dead (the rest of the Cornetto trilogy is coming) and it’s hard to put into words just how great that movie is.

Poking fun at the zombie genre while also being a solid zombie movie itself, Shaun of the Dead works on several fronts and is, frankly, superb.

And one thing that would be great is if we’d had a sequel.

And we almost did.

Now, we know Shaun kicked off the so-called Cornetto trilogy but the movies – Hot Fuzz and The World’s End – are not actually connected.

But briefly, star and co-writer Simon Pegg toyed with the notion of a sequel albeit a bit tongue-in-cheek.

“I jokingly wrote a treatment for From Dusk Till Shaun,” Pegg says.

“Which was a sequel to Shaun of the Dead. It was all about Shaun and Ed having to go up to Edinburgh, or something. I don’t know. It was ridiculous. And it was a joke. It wasn’t like a serious pitch. Edgar thought it would be funny to do the film again, but with vampires. But it was all just pub talk.”

Fun fact, guys, Into the Spider-verse actually had a nod to From Dusk Til Shaun that is fantastic… guess it go made in another reality, huh?

Wright recalls the conversation but also recalls why it never came to be: “There was a brief idea we had, that we entertained for all of like 72 hours, where I thought you could do an alternate reality sequel,” says the co-writer/director.

“It basically starts with the same movie but then it becomes not about zombies. But these films, they take three years. So, it’s like, if you’re doing another movie, let’s do something completely different.”


But, will we ever see Pegg and Wright reunite with co-star Nick Frost because there’s no denying that these three together are a slice of fried gold.

“I actually was texting with Simon today, in fact,” says Wright.

“If we did something else, I think it would be something new, that’s not part of the existing kind of trilogy. It’s really about writing something that we want to do, rather than it seeming like we ought to do something, do you know what I mean? The three movies we made all come from different points of passion. It’s finding what that is and again chaining ourselves to the office to write it. [Laughs] But I would like to work with them again, of course. They’re best friends as well as collaborators.”

Honestly, having these three back together would be as big a deal for me as a new Star Wars movie, so I’ll keep my fingers, toes and anything else that bends crossed for this reunion

Source: EW

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….