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Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End’ To Start Shooting in September

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
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Last we heard from Edgar Wright, he was hired to adapt ‘The Night Stalker’ for Johnny Depp. But he’d also teased that he and Simon Pegg were writing the third film in their Cornetto Trilogy ‘The World’s End.’ Pegg has been shooting ‘Star Trek 2‘ (but he just wrapped), so it was unknown when the film would be coming. Now we know, they’ve got a September start date with a planned Spring 2013 release.

This comes from Deadline, who note that both Pegg and Nick Frost will be starring in the picture, and they also provided the log line:

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood 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.

With Edgar having secured his next big Hollywood gig, this is probably the time to close out the trilogy they’ve been talking about since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ hit theaters in 2004. Obviously Pegg, Wright and Frost have moved into the Hollywood world, with Wright having directed ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,’ Pegg in both the ‘Trek’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchises, and Frost appearing in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ On top of all three being involved with Steven Spielberg‘s ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’

It’s unlikely that this is the last of their films together, but perhaps they felt the pressure to get the Cornetto trilogy done with for now so fans would stop asking about it. After ‘Shaun’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ this sounds much more personal, and less drawn from genre pictures. That’s exciting to say nothing else, and we look forward to seeing the trio try something new. We can’t wait.

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