Edgar Wright is coming off the tail-end of his promotional tour for The World’s End. I can’t tell you how awesome that film is, you must see it! He’s currently working on pre-production on Ant-Man. The film is currently in the phase of casting, location scouting and figuring out it’s production schedule. It was recently announced that the film wouldn’t be shooting in the UK. LatinoReview believes it’s heading to Georgia. When he’s completed Ant-Man (rumored to be September, before the move). He’ll begin prepping for other projects. While Ant-Man is in post-production. Edgar isn’t one to sit around and he has a high volume of projects currently in development.
Baby Driver, would be another fray into the action genre. It’s apparently less comedic and more in the vain of Bad Boys 2/Lethal Weapon. Disney also hired Edgar to write and direct, a feature version of The Night Stalker. Johnny Depp is attached to star in the supernatural movie. There have also been hints to another installment in the Cornetto saga. Or a entirely new trilogy. Another project that seems promising is Collider. A collaboration between Wright and producer J.J. Abrams. The Bad Robot movie has been quietly developed by both Edgar and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor, Oldboy).
Mark talked to AICN, where he gave hints to the genre and even the tone of Collider. He gives the impression that it will be a straight horror film. Not “winking-scary”, like what we saw with Shaun of The Dead. Protosevich calls it the “real deal”. Which could mean this one won’t be a comedy at all. Wright is known for comedic films. But has voiced a desire to move into other genres. Shaun was essentially, a comedic buddy film dressed-up as a zombie movie. Mixing genres has been a way for him to play with other concepts but still make a funny film. Ant-Man is expected to be gear-down this aspect of his comedy career. Allowing Edgar to make an action focused superhero film. Wright had been in the mix to direct Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol before Brad Bird was hired. Considering that the BR mystery box is always present. We should be grateful for these tidbits of information.
“The one thing I’ll say is that Edgar’s movies have a certain tone, and this one might be a little unexpected because the main thing we’re going for is scary. Smart and scary.”
At one point, there was a high demand for Edgar to turn his Grindhouse trailer Don’t into a feature film. The trailer was an homage to European horror films. Taking visual cues from movies like Raw Meat (1973), Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975), Village of The Damned (1960), The Haunting (1963) and Woman In Black (1989) are seen in the footage. It’s setting was never mentioned but looked to be in the 1970’s. Wright would later explain the whole thing was meant to be confusing. Adding it didn’t leave itself to have a film development from it. Unlike the rest of the faux trailers, which were all expected to be turned into features. They included Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, Rob Zombie’s Werewolf Women (confirmed dead by Zombie) and Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving (still in development with a new writer). Robert’s film would eventually get made and earn a sequel, Machete Kills. A third film Machete Kills Again: In Space is also on it’s way.
I’d love to see Collider take a page from Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and end up a period horror film. Setting the film in the late 60’s to early 80’s, would be ace. We’ve seen a resurgence for period settings in successful horror films like The House of The Devil, The Conjuring and The Woman In Black. It’s a horror trend that I can get behind. As it’s seemingly worked out well, for the previously mentioned movies.