Simon Pegg reveals details of 'Shaun of the Dead' sequel
Shaun of the Dead is one of those movies that has an extreme cult following. The film, which was released in 2004, only grossed $30 million upon its release, but scored 92 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes and was the perfect example of how to mix comedy with horror, without being cringey.
While the "Scary Movie" franchise quickly ran out of steam, Shaun of the Dead was a breath of fresh air, landing every punchline, camera shot and bit of gore with precision. It was also made on a relatively modest budget ($6 million), making the brilliance of the movie even more impressive.
Created by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead was easily the most popular of their "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy. Due to the popularity of the film, fans have been desperate to see a sequel to the movie and to see how the characters are getting on in the wake of the Zombie apocalypse. Although it looks highly unlikely that there will be a sequel anytime soon, Simon Pegg admitted that he has written a treatment for a follow-up that sounds like it would be just as good as the original.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Pegg said: "I jokingly wrote a treatment for From Dusk Till Shaun, which was a sequel to Shaun of the Dead."
"It was all about Shaun and Ed having to go up to Edinburgh, or something. I don't know. It was ridiculous. And it was a joke. It wasn't like a serious pitch. Edgar thought it would be funny to do the film again, but with vampires. But it was all just pub talk."
Edgar Wright also said that they have discussed ideas for a follow-up. "There was a brief idea we had, that we entertained for all of like 72 hours, where I thought you could do an alternate reality sequel," said the director, on exploring potential options.
"It basically starts with the same movie but then it becomes not about zombies. But these films, they take three years. So, it's like, if you're doing another movie, let's do something completely different."
Shaun of the Dead was the first of Pegg and Wright's "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy, and was followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013). The movie was rated as the third greatest comedy film of all time by Channel 4 and the infamous director Quentin Tarantino rated it in his top 20 films since 1992.
While Pegg and Frost have gone quiet over the last few years, Wright recently returned to the cinema with Baby Driver, a thriller that stars the likes of Ansel-Elgort and Kevin Spacey. It was Wright's first bit of directorial work since The World's End and it currently holds a 93 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lets hope that the guys can bash their heads together and find the time in their diaries to create a solid plan for a Shaun of the Dead sequel. In the meantime, I'm going to head to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.