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Simon Pegg Gives A Status Update On Next Collaboration With Edgar Wright And Nick Frost! Hopes To Confound Expectations!


Beaks here...

I just concluded a fun little interview with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pegged to the August 9th Blu-ray/DVD release of PAUL, and, wouldn't you know it, the third film in their "Three Flavors Cornetto" cycle came up! Pegg is, of course, well-practiced in the art of concealment, so nothing specific leaked, but he did address how they're dealing with fan expectation. He also mentioned that they hope to get a first draft written before the start of STAR TREK 2 (which is officially still in the scripting phase, so who knows how big that window will be?).

Here are Pegg's thoughts on THE WORLD'S END (which is still the working title)...


Mr. Beaks: How much do you consider your audience and what they expect from you. Is there a... I don't want to say "burden", but are there expectations you have to tend to?

Simon Pegg: Yeah, and I hope we sort of confound it in a way. I wouldn't want to become predictable or be the guys who do that. The next thing that we do will hopefully be... you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined - that we're going to start in earnest very, very soon - to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can't just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we're going to make sure that we do that. I'd hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.

Beaks: You said "very soon". Can you say how soon?

Pegg: We already started the conception process, so it's just a question of when we can get together. I'm just about to start shooting a movie here in the UK, so maybe between that and STAR TREK we might get a chance to bang out a first draft if we're lucky.


I also asked Nick Frost about the idea of playing Harry Mudd in STAR TREK 2 (as Simon suggested in this AV Club Austin interview). Though he said he's "happy watching STAR TREK as a fan", he did say he wouldn't turn it down. Something to consider, J.J...

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  • June 9, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    i'd watch it

    by sprehe_your_face

    but only if there were zombies or police paperwork montages.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Don't do Star Trek Pegg

    by donkey_lasher

    It's destined to suck balls.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by mus42

    Well it could be worse than sucking balls, it could suck donkey dick

  • June 9, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Frost and Pegg together are dynamite.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    But apart, eh, not so much. Paul had its moments, and the Pegg/Frost script had a lot of potential, but I think the movie would have been better had Frost directed it. As for Scott Pilgrim, I know it has its rabid defenders, but I found it kind of lacking. Visually stunning, but not as funny or affecting as Frost's work with Pegg and Wright. Get all of them together, and you've got magic. Separately, it's diffused and sporadic, kind of like the Beatles.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Does this mean No Antman for Wright?

    by Phategod2

  • June 9, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Sorry, brain cramp.

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Meant Wright when I said Frost (both times). Just woke up and haven't had coffee yet.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Mr. Pegg, I eagerly await this project!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The sooner, the better.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed Paul

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    .. despite having big reservations. Hot Fuzz bloated in comparison to Shaun, and became the very thing it was spoofing / saluting, but was still great. Pegg's a decent screen presence and dynamite with Frost. It's just a shame that he was the weakest link in the Star Trek cast, and that he comes across as a real conceited arse in his tweets.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST



  • June 9, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Pegg tweeted a shirt i designed


    and garnered me a shitload of sales. i'm embarrassed i didn't see SPACED until this year. i like the chap.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin still dead, btw.


  • June 9, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Post me a link to her obit. I've Googled and can't find it anywhere.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by donkey_lasher

    Sorry If I upset you about your film of the decade, I am sure you'll get over it.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin ain't dead

    by professor murder

    Cocknasty_buttstank never posted it, so it ain't true!

  • June 9, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Beaks: The purpose of an interview is to get information.

    by cookylamoo

    Not to let yourself be used to "hype my nothing"

  • June 9, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I didn't watch Paul...

    by bubcus

    ... I didn't find any of the trailers remotely funny. I love Pegg & Wright but the film looked completely flat to me and I never came across any reviews that inspired me to see it. That said, I do look forward to them working with Frost again AND I do look forward to Star Trek 12 (or 2 if you consider this reboot a reboot instead of a sequel/prequel). Okay, lunchtime....

  • June 9, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    The false RIPs are getting in the way of real RIPs.

    by sweeneydave

    How are (plural noun) supposed to take me seriously when I (verb) "RIP Leonard Stern, creator of Mad Lips, you will be missed. Hope you're living it up in (afterlife)"?

  • June 9, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    RIP John Candy

    by Mel

  • June 9, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    thing... thing... thing.... thing.......

    by MoffatBabies


  • June 9, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I didn't watch Paul either.

    by hallmitchell

    I just get a feeling some of these movies think just because they name drop Star Wars a few times we are going to show up in droves. Sorry you are going to have to work a bit harder than that. Paul and Fanboys come to mind.

  • June 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Marvel needs to hire someone else to do Ant Man

    by rev_skarekroe

    Since Wright clearly has no desire to actually make the movie they hired him for five years ago.

  • June 9, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Hated Paul, loved SotD, Fuzz, Spaced, ect.

    by TylerScruggs

    Pegg and Frost need Edgar Wright to keep their feet on the ground.

  • June 9, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    All of Pegg's films are piss-weak.....

    by MajorFrontbum

    I am amazed that such a weak comedy film such as Paul, actually made it's money back. Then again Pegg's ego is so huge, that he probably bought majority of those tickets himself. That CG alien looked like it was drawn in MS Paint and the plot was as predictable, as an egg-fart's bad smell.

  • June 9, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    the reason I throughly enjoyed Paul...

    by natecore

    was the characterization Frost/Pegg came up w/ for their characters. they played the middle-aged basement dwelling, Star Wars, Area 51 geek perfectly and I loved watching these dudes have their wildest hopes and dreams realized. Paul was just the 2nd Greg Mottola flick (Adventureland the other) that was completely mismarketed. The trailers/tv spots should have put Frost/Pegg's friendship first and then how Paul the alien made them feel like you dorks would love your favorite stunning actress playing Mary Jane Watson.

  • June 9, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Why exactly is STAR TREK 2 having problems?

    by MooseMalloy

    Seems like a real mystery.

  • June 9, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Pegg Sucked balls as scotty!

    by rebelpigs

    Recast him, now!

  • June 9, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Hyperdrive - Nick Frost

    by Candy

    If anybody likes Nick have to queue this campy BBC sic fi title up on's terrible and funny at the same time.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    What? No Paul II?

    by TheApostle

  • June 10, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Harry Mudd? Yeah, because those episodes were so good....

    by V'Shael

    They weren't ridiculous campy 1960's misogynistic pieces of shit, AT ALL. Yes, Mr. Abrams. That's exactly the direction to take your new franchise. Can someone also tell Christopher Nolan, that Adam West is available for Dark Knight? Cretins.

  • June 10, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Mudd would be a stupid idea

    by Truxton Spangler

    Really? Of all the things they could explore in the ST universe?

  • June 10, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Mudd was one of the few Star Trek opportunites

    by cookylamoo

    to see what life was like outside of the navy.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Subtle hints at subject matter?

    by owmyballs

    Noticed Pegg's remark, "You have to mutate to survive," paired with the fact that, "people are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do," leads me to think perhaps they are thinking of an X-Men/general superhero story. Could be wrong, but it has certainly become a genre ripe for their treatment...

  • June 10, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Don't blow off Mudd so quick

    by owmyballs

    Khan was a forgettable enemy in a single episode who became the greatest Star Trek movie villain of all time. Every character has potential, given the right writer, actor and director.

  • June 11, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    subject matter....

    by Righteous Brother

    I read ages ago that it was going to be a post-apocalyptic type thing.