Edgar Wright returns to horror with a psychological thriller


More than a decade after the release of Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright is coming back to the horror genre with a new project.

Remember Shaun of the Dead? The first movie from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s “Cornetto Trilogy”? Of course you do, it’s a gem. It a perfect blend of horror and (visual) comedy that also pays homage to George A. Romero’s zombie classics. It’s also the movie that made the world pay (closer) attention to Wright, Pegg, and Nick Frost.

Edgar Wright went on to explore other genres post-Shaun of the Dead (such as science fiction and action, all with a touch of comedy) and paid a quick visit to the horror genre in 2007 with the short film Don’t, a fake trailer included in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. Yeah, it’s been a while, but he is coming back to the genre with a new project that will leave comedy aside for a while.

In an interview with Empire, Edgar Wright shared he is working on a new movie that will go on the psychological horror-thriller route, taking Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion as influences. The story, co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, is set in London and will have a female lead. Wright explained:

"“I realized I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years. With Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in”."

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Wright’s latest movie, Baby Driver, an action movie starring Ansel Elgort, was praised by critics and audiences alike. While there have been rumors about a sequel, nothing is official (yet), though he revealed that a first draft exists. Aside from that and the aforementioned thriller, Wright is still working on a documentary on the band Sparks. So yes, Edgar Wright is a very busy man, but unlike other filmmakers that take too many projects, his eventually see the light.

Although this new project is intended to be full-on psychological horror-thriller, I don’t think he’ll leave comedy completely aside. It’s Edgar Wright, it can’t be. And that’s what makes his movies interesting and entertaining: his mastery on visual comedy. But we can talk about that another day, another time.

Production will begin this summer, so keep your eyes open for more details! Hopefully, we’ll get a Cornetto reunion of-sorts with Pegg and Frost (and maybe more?).

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