In a recent interview with Empire, actor and writer Simon Pegg, and director and writer Edgar Wright talked about their new film, The World’s End. After the huge success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, all eyes are on the pair to see if they can make it a hat-trick with their latest film. Joining them will one again be Nick Frost, and with these three all back together, only good things can come of it.
While a full synopsis has already been revealed for The World’s End, the genre of film has yet to be confirmed. However, Empire asked the question, and here is the response they were given:
“Hard to say,” says Wright, before deciding. “It’s a sci-fi comedy.” “Social sci-fi,” adds Pegg. “Social science-fiction,” agrees Wright, warming to the task. “Look it up on Wikipedia and then bone up on John Christopher and John Wyndham.”
So, Wikipedia’s explanation:
“Social science fiction is a term used to describe a subgenre of science fiction concerned less with technology and space opera and more with sociological speculation about human society. In other words, it “absorbs and discusses anthropology”, and speculates about human behaviour and interactions”
A further hint at the film being sci-fi related is Wright’s mention of both John Christopher and John Wyndham. Wyndham wrote The Day of the Triffids, while Christopher wrote The Tripods. So, could this mean some sort of giant robot interfering with the intended mass pub crawl that the film is based on? I would love to say yes, now that WOULD be cool!
Here is the official synopsis for The World’s End’ which begins shooting in September, and has a planned release date of Spring next year.
20 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.
By Matt Wavish