It’s always a pleasure watching people you were fans of before they were famous hit it big, right? Granted, my before they were famous for Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright was falling in love with their groundbreaking late 90’s British sitcom Spaced, which led to them making their much-loved Cornetto Trilogy – Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Those projects enabled Pegg to unexpectedly break out as a megastar, most notably as a supporting actor in the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises, with Edgar Wright finally breaking into America with his 2017 hit Baby Driver.
So, it’s with a smile that I read in a recent interview with Pegg that further collaborations with Wright (and co-star Nick Frost) are definitely coming our way. Chatting to Coming Soon, here’s what the actor said:
“Oh yeah, that’s like a given. The only reason we haven’t is just timing. Me and Edgar and Nick are not colleagues, we’re friends. We go back a long time and we have a relationship that transcends work, but if only to hang with each other for an extended period we’ll make another film again. It’s just with our various commitments we have to find the time to write and make it. Me and Edgar talk about it all the time, and whenever we’re together we start brainstorming and we have certain ideas we want to develop. It’s just a question of ‘when,’ not ‘if.'”
Given that both men are pretty safe bets, it’d be nice to see them given a decent budget to really let their imaginations fly. Edgar Wright famously pours not just his heart and soul, but also his bank balance into his films, personally paying for the on foot chase sequence in Baby Driver. Perhaps bringing along a couple of their new Hollywood buddies into a transatlantic comedy would be on the cards, too.
What’s certain is that they can’t get this project into cinemas soon enough, as we’ve had a dearth of genuinely great comedies lately. Pegg went on to comment on that as well, saying:
“The next thing we do will be different in terms of the preoccupation. It depends. It won’t be a Three Cornetto film, and that was something that evolved over the course of making those three movies, which were almost loose sequels even though they weren’t narratively connected. You could thematically link them… with ice cream.”
Edgar Wright is currently putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the band Sparks, while Simon Pegg can soon be seen in Mission: Impossible – Fallout this summer. With those out of the way, let’s hope that the pair (and Nick Frost!) find some room in their diaries to work together next year.