I’ve made no bones whatsoever about being a huge fan of Edgar Wright. I’m not paid to be a critic or a professional journalist of any sort, so I’m allowed to “cheer in the press box”, so to speak. From his work with Spaced all the way up to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I have found his writing to be as razor sharp as anyone else working today, especially in the realm of comedy. The same goes for his list of recurring actors, writers, and producers- Simon Pegg, Nira Park, Joe Cornish, and Nick Frost. So you can imagine my excitement to hear all of the buzz coming out of Comic Con surrounding Wright’s upcoming projects.
The first Wright-related news item to come out of Comic Con was that a teaser poster for The World’s End had been released. It’s the third and final film in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, the trilogy that started as a joke about getting free ice cream to cure hangovers. I want to run the poster here, but it’s honestly listed on Wright’s Flickr account as all rights reserved. So go to Wright’s personal site to check it out instead. A few months back, the logline for the film was released and it sounds like it’ll fit in nicely with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz:
Twenty 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.
The other big news to come out regarding Wright is that he shot a test reel for a potential Ant-Man film and screened it at Comic Con last week. Wright proclaimed that “Ant-Man will kick your ass, one inch at a time.” Germain Lussier of /Film described the footage:
The footage begins in a long, Matrix style hallway with two Matrix style agents. The camera moves down the hall, through a grate, and we see a tiny man standing behind the grate: Ant-Man. He jumps through and starts running at them. Of course, they don’t see him. He then pops up into real size, they start shooting, he gets small again, jumps, runs down the shaft of the gun, jumps up and punches the guy in the face, shaking the face in slow motion. With that guy done, Ant-Man gets big again, flips the other agent over….okay, honestly by this point I was kind of freaking out and it gets fuzzy. I do know that Ant-Man takes care of business, is about to jump through another grate when the elevator pings, and he gets on it.
I am admittedly comic book movied out at this point, but there’s always room for a Wright film, regardless of genre. It’s a lot like eating a gigantic meal on Thanksgiving and then someone puts a slice of pumpkin pie in front of you. No matter how full I am, I’ll always eat the pumpkin pie. In this case, I know that Wright has had his eye on doing an Ant-Man movie for a very long time. That kind of passion for a project can only bring about good things.
Neither film has a set timeline, although Simon Pegg mentioned on his Twitter feed that they’ll begin shooting The World’s End 10 weeks from now, and that Wright would begin working on Ant-Man soon thereafter. It would stand to reason that we’ll see the Blood and Ice Cream finale at some point in 2013, and Ant-Man (possibly) in 2014.