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Landis and Pegg

Aug. 24, 2009by: Paul Tassi
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For whatever reason, John Landis has decided to take the last decade or so off from making movies. Maybe he thought that after directing such classics as ANIMAL HOUSE, COMING TO AMERICA, THREE AMIGOS, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE and THE BLUES BROTHERS, he deserved a bit of a break. And with that resume, I’d be inclined to agree.

Well, he’s gotten his fill of rest and TV projects and is coming back to the big screen with BURKE AND HARE, and he's even started casting. This latest bit of news on the project comes via Dread Central, who picked up the info at this year’s Monster Mania Convention. The story follows two Irishmen, William Burke and William Hare, who killed seventeen victims and sold their bodies to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. It’s a very true, very f*cked up story that happened in Scotland in the 1820’s, and it’s best known as the West Port murders.

So who would be the logical choice to play the lead in such a sinister film? Why the fearsome, bone-chilling Simon Pegg of course! Not sure if the “lead” is BURKE or HARE, but Pegg is reported to be filling one of the two roles, with the other open for a chubby Pegg sidekick perhaps?

I guess that’s the real question at this point, what route is the film going to take? Both Pegg and Landis’s experiences lean heavily toward comedy for the most part, but could the two of them put on their serious faces for a bloody serial killer slasher? Perhaps.

Extra Tidbit: Landis directed AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and Michael Jacksons THRILLER video, so he knows how to bring the scary, and Pegg has run into a few dead people himself
Source: Dread Central

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4:18PM on 08/24/2009

pegg?

I love the idea of seeing simon pegg serious and dark, its always great to see comedy stars go serious, as for the second william let's see colin Farrell, that guy needs a great comeback movie, i miss his acting chops on the screen
I love the idea of seeing simon pegg serious and dark, its always great to see comedy stars go serious, as for the second william let's see colin Farrell, that guy needs a great comeback movie, i miss his acting chops on the screen
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2:04PM on 08/24/2009
I know vaguely the story from the Peter Cushing movie "Th eFlesh and the Fiends," not a bad little b-movie where Donald Pleasance played one of the killers. Good to know Landis is back at work. But considering that he made a few films of note post-Twilight Zone, I doubt very much that one kept him from working.
I know vaguely the story from the Peter Cushing movie "Th eFlesh and the Fiends," not a bad little b-movie where Donald Pleasance played one of the killers. Good to know Landis is back at work. But considering that he made a few films of note post-Twilight Zone, I doubt very much that one kept him from working.
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12:35PM on 08/24/2009
Uh, actually he's been directing a lot of tv episodes. He never took any time off. A simple check with IMDB.com can confirm this.

Oh, and I actually like Innocent Blood. It wasn't a bad little vampire flick.
Uh, actually he's been directing a lot of tv episodes. He never took any time off. A simple check with IMDB.com can confirm this.

Oh, and I actually like Innocent Blood. It wasn't a bad little vampire flick.
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8:01PM on 08/24/2009
He directed 3 episodes of "Psych", one of my favorite shows. It was the first thing I thought of when I read in the article that he hasn't done much within the last decade.
He directed 3 episodes of "Psych", one of my favorite shows. It was the first thing I thought of when I read in the article that he hasn't done much within the last decade.
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12:22PM on 08/24/2009

He took time off...

Because he directed the Twilight Zone movie where three people died on set. A lot of people blamed him. It's a shame because he was great. I'm glad he's back
Because he directed the Twilight Zone movie where three people died on set. A lot of people blamed him. It's a shame because he was great. I'm glad he's back
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