Edgar Wright replies to your World’s End questions

You asked, he answered.

Ahead of tomorrow’s spanking new trailer for upcoming Brit-com ‘The World’s End’, available exclusively to Yahoo!, we got a chance to put your questions directly to director Edgar Wright himself.

We asked for your questions via Twitter #TheWorldsEnd and in our comments sections, and you showered us with need-to-knows for the ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ filmmaker.

[First trailer for Edgar Wright's The World's End]

From working on ‘The World’s End’ to drinking competitions and ‘Doctor Who’, here’s what he had to say...

Your Twitter questions

Edgar says: Going back to my hometown and finding that nothing had changed, but everything was different.

Edgar says: I think this film is squarely in the genre of ‘social science fiction’ which has produced many great books, films and TV shows since the second World War. 

Edgar says: It will become more clear when you see the movie – but partly from childhood toys and two film posters images that are not in their respective movies (one from 1975 and one from 1982). Guess what the movies are!

Edgar says: Sort of. We had a huge and complicated scene to do on the last day, so we were racing to get it all done. No time for tears.

Edgar says: I think it’s a theme that haunts me and Simon, the dubious dream of perpetual adolescence and the idea that someone is always younger than you. I think we finally finish this arc with this movie. The adolescence is over here.

Edgar says: It doesn’t feel that different in a way. Shooting in the UK rarely changes, it’s always tough! But you get to use different toys and hopefully improve and expand your techniques.

Edgar says: Some of the movies, TV shows and books that inspired us were from our childhood. We didn’t watch them again as the central story comes for personal experience. We DID watch two movies on the theme of friends reuniting; ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’ and ‘The Big Chill’.

Edgar says: Some. The fence is the most obvious. The others are more subtle.

Edgar says: No Jess in this one. But there are other cameos. Including a man that has yet to appear in the films.

Edgar says: Underwater.

Edgar says: After Hot Fuzz we always thought it would be rude not to wrap the films up in a neat trilogy. I’m glad we waited to write it though as we have more to say on our theme.

Edgar says: A very long story that began with Cornettos being a hangover cure for me at college…

Edgar says: No. (Yes)

Edgar says: Hmm. They are fun to write, fun to rehearse and usually extremely hard work to capture on film. Music sequences are always fun; the White Lines, the hip hop dancing in ‘Shaun’, there’s a choreography sequence in the new one.

Edgar says: We always wanted to get Michael Palin in one of them. But he’s always travelling.

Edgar says: I don’t think so. Once Angel & Danny became badasses at the end of that movie, their arc is over. ‘The World’s End’ is as close as you will get to a sequel to ‘Shaun’ or ‘Fuzz’.

Edgar says: They are a dream to work with. Great actors and lovely guys. And they worked even harder on this movie. Wait until you see them in the fight scenes.

Edgar says: We all eat better and drink less.

Edgar says: It’s great to work with friends, both cast and crew. You create a family through your movies. Along with cast and crew from Spaced, Shaun & Fuzz, there were crew members from Scott Pilgrim on this too. I like to be loyal!

Edgar says: Red wine or G&T for me.  And ‘Drunken Maria’ by The Monks.

Edgar says: Nick could end us all.

Edgar says: It has some dubious connotations now. But it was on Super 8 and it was called ‘Rolf Harris Saves The World’. It was a more innocent time.

Edgar says: Fact. I was offered ‘Rose’ the first Russell T Davies episode, but I had to pass as it clashed with ‘Shaun’ press. But sure, I’d love to someday.

Edgar says: Get out there and make mistakes. You are your best teacher. Experiment!

Best buds... Nick Frost, Edgar Wright and Simpon Pegg on the set of Hot Fuzz (Credit: Rex)


Your questions in our comments sections


Defending Champ - ‘3 different films...3 distinctly different hairdos for Simon Pegg...was that purposefully done for this trilogy? Are Simon's hairdos the Bruce Willis hairdos of this generation?’
Edgar says:
“The character in this, Gary King, has the wildest hair. He hasn’t changed it since school. We like to make the three characters all very different.”

Rick - ‘What two films should be watched with The Worlds End for a triple feature?’
Edgar says: Well ‘Shaun’ and ‘Fuzz’. Anything else might be a giveaway at this point.

Chelsey - ‘What kind of apocalypse are we going to see in this? Aliens? Zombies? Fire pit? Some dinosaurs? Just wondering ;) Keep up the Pegg and Frost duo’

Edgar says: A cozy catastrophe!

Steve - ‘Are the glowing blue eyes an intentional reference to Russell Mulcahy's music video for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"?’
Edgar says:
I am slightly obsessed by that video. But the glowing eyes in that are also predated in the 1980 film ‘The Fog’.

Tommy -
‘Who made the decision to have Simon be the wild one and Nick be the calm one?’
Edgar says:
Me and Simon. One character has grown up and the other hasn’t.

Q - ‘How do you make films with such great special effects and prod. value when you're working with about half the budget a normal Hollywood action films uses? (P.S. I would gladly trade Avatar for 3 more Scott Pilgrims)’
Edgar says:
Go in with a plan! That’s the way to make sure all the money is onscreen.

Karli -
‘Though they're both comedies, "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" had serious emotional scenes between Nick and Simon's characters that made me cry and really showed off their acting chops; can we expect a similar emotional scene between the two in "The World's End"?’
Edgar says:
You can indeed. Perhaps the most emotional of them all.

Aaron - ‘What was the most difficult thing about working on the screenplay?’
Edgar says:
We had the idea for the film in 2007 and had a third act that was difficult to figure out. Then we came up with a different resolution a long time after and it all started to fall into place. The screenplay was relatively easy to write as we had been plotting for a long time.

Glenn - ‘Gary King and Andy Knight - will other character names be similarly symbolic? Perhaps Oliver Queen, Peter Bishop and Steven Rook?’
Edgar says:
Gary King, Andrew Knightley, Oliver Chamberlain, Peter Page and Steven Prince.

Nat - ‘If the cast and crew from the Cornetto Trilogy did a Pub Crawl, what London Pubs would make the list? Which pub has the best stories/memories?’
Edgar says:
Well back in the early 00’s, me and Simon would go to see movies at Odeon Camden Parkway and meet at The World’s End before…

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