Universal Officially Greenlights Edgar Wright's THE WORLD'S END!
This was actually a foregone conclusion, but now that it's official, let's dance! Universal has greenlit THE WORLD'S END, the concluding chapter in the THREE COLOURS CORNETTO trilogy hatched by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film will begin shooting this October, and since Deadline snagged the exclusive teaser poster (Nikki Finke's been a huge fan of the Wright/Pegg/Frost team since SPACED), I'll merrily copy and paste their plot summary right here:
The film starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
If you're at Comic Con this weekend, you might want to check out the Marvel panel. Sounds like there might be some Wright stuff unveiled there as well.
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July 13, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST
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July 13, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST
by Bradly Durant
July 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST
That is all.
July 13, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
Those supposed to be pub names or something? I don't care. I'll watch anything that Wright or Pegg or Frost are ever involved with.
July 13, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST
yup, names of the boozers that make up this pub crawl.
July 13, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST
by ass clown
Oh well, next story.
July 13, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
All right. But if you go and brave the weird and haunted shores at World's End, then you will need a captain who knows those waters
by slave to the one
July 13, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST
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July 13, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST
by Retlaw Kciuq
July 13, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST
I mean, come on. Doesn't matter what you think of it, SCOTT PILGRIM was one of the biggest box office bomb of the last few years and they greenlight the newest movie from the same director anyway! Usually these big studios think with their bank accounts and a bomb like this would have put Wright quickly into director's jail.
July 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 2 p.m. CST
Forgive me if I sound a bit skeptical. I do love Edgar, Simon, and Nick, met em once too, awesome guys. It's just, yeah. I'm probably prejudging this somehow, and will be pleasantly surprised once we see a trailer and all.
July 13, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST
Treasure hunt movies? This'll be their stab at a Goonies/Indiana Jones-type adventure thing, in all likelihood. Can't be worse than the interminable Scott Pilgrim, anyway.
July 13, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST
It made 48 million in theaters, and 23 million as of now on DVD. That's 71 million total to date. The total production budget (including marketing and promotion) was just under 85 million. A loss of 14 million is actually not that terrible, especially when you consider something like Battleship, which cost Universal around 400 to make, distribute and market and has only brought in 300 million (which they have to split with theaters). Also Wright's previous two films made a combined profit for Universal of about 100 million. So Wright is definitely not in Universal's doghouse, even with Pilgrim underperforming. All Scott Pilgrim meant was that Edgar's next film would have a (slightly) smaller budget, which is fine for a movie like World's End. Shaun Of The Dead cost 5 million to make, and Hot Fuzz cost 16 million. Even if they cut Wright's Pilgrim budget in half to 30 million, there will be no problems.
July 13, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST
@turd, after horror and action, I believe that the third of the "Cornetto Trilogy" was supposed to be science fiction.
by hank henshaw
I don't know if Paul, which was sci fi (sorta), made them change their plans, but judging from the title, it could still have sci-fi elements while being a disaster movie.
July 13, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST
Can't remember if it was Empire or TF, but they certainly called it sci-fi comedy
July 13, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
July 13, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
by Harry Bartholomew
First I hear Neil Gaiman is writing a new Sandman series, then, this piece of total fucking awesome is greenlit !!!
July 13, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST
but that doesn't mean it was a bad movie. I liked it in the theaters and just caught it again on HBO and liked it even more. Freaks and Geeks and Firefly both were single season cancellations and both were terrific entertainment. I just finished watching Wright's Spaced show and it was funny and educational (in the fact that a lot of the show seemed to be rough drafts for what Wright would later try with movies). I can't wait to see this.
July 13, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST
by Mr. Pricklepants
July 13, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST
are or were Yeovil pubs, with Wells being close and Wright having connections to that area what with filming Fuzz there I would say it is a good bet. The Fonts are a dead on match also.
July 13, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST
July 13, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST
it is an astoundingly well made and calibrated movie. It's not even a "talented folk's folly" - it does what it set out to do seamlessly (as a piece of work, not a moneymaker). Just what it set out to do was SOOO not my thing.
July 13, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST
Dude, Where's My Car - but in England, and with jokes.
July 13, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST
Rincewind + Discworld = FILM
July 13, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST
I sure hope so! :)
July 13, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST
....and I can't wait!! I loved "Shaun" and "Hot Fuzz"!
July 14, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 4:18 a.m. CST
I used to drink in that pub when I lived in Camden.15 min walk from the house that the used in 'Spaced' too. Some happy memories of those days.
July 14, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST
when he became involved in nu trek, especially after he's been so outspoken about the shittiness of the sw prequels. a total cunt on twitter too and sponsered by apple judging from the content of most of his posts.
July 14, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST
July 14, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST
by Raptor Jesus
July 14, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST
because of the reasons i mentioned... you act like i just said "i want that gurning fucker to die in a fire!"
July 14, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST
but he's being soft on it because of his buddy lindelof. meh.
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