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Simon Pegg says he and Edgar Wright are planning new movie… but there’s not going to be any Cornettos involved

September 10th, 2023 by Marc Comments

If there’s one teaming of talent on film we love, it’s Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright and, while they haven’t worked together since 2013’s The World’s End, it looks like they might be gearing up for another team-up… just don’t expect it to be another Cornetto flavour.

Between 2004 and 2013 the trio gave us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End and these genre-ending action comedies are collectively known as the Cornetto Trilogy (see above pic) but it seemed that with Wright having moved on with movies like Scott Pilgrim and Last Night in Soho and Frost and Pegg going in their own directions, the guys had forgotten their roots.

But thankfully it’s not the case.

“Edgar and I are always talking about what we’re going to do next,” says Pegg, “Neither of us can believe it’s been 10 years since The World’s End.

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“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,” Pegg goes on.

“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.”

While the Cornetto Trilogy – and the fantastic Spaced TV series before that – forged Pegg and Wright’s style and character, I’m certainly not against them branching out as both – and Frost, lest we forget – have long since proven that they are much more than one trick ponies.

Simon Pegg says he, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost will work togther again in the future

But… will we ever see sequels to any of the Trilogy? For example, the oft-mentioned From Dusk Til Shaun? Well… no, it’s very unlikely.

“We get a lot of requests to ‘sequalise’ all three of those movies,” Pegg says, “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 cozy into the familiar. So whatever we do next, it’ll be difficult that’s for sure.”

Putting the nail in the sequel idea, in another interview Pegg said: “If I ever do an Instagram Live or whatever, people are always like ‘I need Shaun Of The Dead 2 in my life’ and I’m like, ‘No, you don’t f@%king need Shaun Of The Dead 2! The last thing you need is Shaun Of The Dead 2! It’s done. Move on!'”


Seriously though, I’ve always felt there was more to explore in the Cornetto worlds – especially Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End, but I understand that Pegg, Wright and, yes, Frost, likely want to keep it fresh and give the audience something new. But there’s no need to be a dick about it.

But, if Pegg and Wright are already planning on working together again then that’s just something that makes the world a better place… a pure slice of fried gold.

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Source: Discussing Film and The Guardian

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….