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08.23.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Genres that Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright Should Tackle Next

Today marks the close of the Cornetto Trilogy for Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. The trio have graced our screens with a RomZomCom in SHAUN OF THE DEAD, a Michael Bay-inspired cop movie with HOT FUZZ, and a Body Snatchers meets Pub Crawl epic with THE WORLD'S END. Just because this series of films is coming to an end it doesn't mean these guys can't tackle some more great sub-genres of films. Here are 10 types of movies they should make together that would complete any film fan's dream. If you have a choice that didn't make the list, add it to the Talk Backs below!

#10 - Animation

While Pegg and Frost have both lent their voices to an ICE AGE film as well as key roles in THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (scripted by Edgar Wright), I want to see these guys come up with something wholly original that would be animated. It doesn't have to be adult in nature because these guys are truly kids at heart. Having a cartoon, CGI or hand-drawn, with their mentality would make for a great time at the movies.

#9 - Grindhouse

The 1970s yielded numerous exploitation films which have been fodder for spoofs in the last ten years. But, these guys excel at taking genre and paying homage to it without mocking it. I can imagine a grindhouse film from them being a version of HOT FUZZ with bell-bottoms and wide collars or maybe something a little crazier, like a blaxploitation movie with an all British cast. That would be hilarious.

#8 - Period Drama

Now don't freak out, I don't mean an actual drama. While it would be interesting to see these guys tackle a 100% serious film, I would like to see their antics and personalities translated to a story set in the 1800s or earlier. Pegg did star in BURKE AND HARE with Andy Serkis, but it wasn't quite the same. Put this trio into a Shakespearean comedy and you would instantly introduce the works of the Bard to a much wider audience. If Joss Whedon can do it, so can Edgar Wright.

#7 - Kaiju

If Edgar Wright is anything, he is a fan of genre. From his track record we can see a consistent love of science fiction, horror, and video games. With PACIFIC RIM showing us it is possible to make a high quality giant monster movie, imagine if Wright directed it. Bring in Pegg and Frost as the everyman heroes thrust into an apocalyptic scenario and you have the perfect compliment to the Cornetto films. It may sound like SHAUN OF THE DEAD with big creatures, but that sounds alright by me!

#6 - Science Fiction

Yes, THE WORLD'S END can be looked at as SciFi, but I mean a STAR WARS or STAR TREK caliber space movie. The series SPACED showcased their love of these two famed franchises, so why not build a comedy around it? I discount PAUL as being that film because it was not directed by Wright, but I would love to see something with that mentality featuring Pegg and Frost. Maybe a comic reboot of THE LAST STARFIGHTER?

#5 - Haunted House

Pegg and Frost had cameos in the trailer for Edgar Wright's DON'T that appeared in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's GRINDHOUSE, so why not make that into a full length movie? I love THE HAUNTING and THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL. Can't you imagine a Hammer Horror style movie from Wright? Frost as the scientist and Pegg as the lothario? It practically writes itself!

#4 - Musical

I don't know if Simon Pegg or Nick Frost can actually sing, but maybe a tone deaf musical is a good idea on it's own. Imagine if whatever story they come up with is directed in the style of a Hollywood musical, but no one can actually sing? That would crack me up. Even if they went ahead and made a legitimate musical film, Edgar Wright could certainly do it justice. I am partial to the tone deaf idea, but if we got Pegg and Frost headlining a GUYS AND DOLLS movie, I would be all in.

#3 - Heist

Imagine Simon Pegg going against Nick Frost instead of teaming up with him. Replace the Al Pacino and Robert De Niro roles in HEAT with these two British nerds and that would make for one hell of a comedy. The movie doesn't even have to be crime based. Maybe it is two nerdy comic collectors who both bid on a priceless issue of their favorite series only to lose to a billionaire who doesn't appreciate the issue. So, both Pegg and Frost want the comic and decide to orchestrate their own heist on the same night. Hijinks ensue. Man, someone pay me for these ideas!

#2 - Western

Much like Quentin Tarantino did with DJANGO UNCHAINED, I would expect something completely incongruous in a western from Edgar Wright. Pegg and Frost could take a back seat to a main character played by Rafe Spall, a Cornetto alum, and create something along the lines of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN or THE WILD BUNCH, but with comedy. We have seen that Wright can handle action sequences in HOT FUZZ. Move that to the Old West and you have something.

#1 - Superhero

Sure, Simon Pegg said he would not be ANT-MAN for Edgar Wright, but does that mean Edgar Wright may not direct another superhero movie at some point? I would love to find a project that would bring Pegg, Wright, and Frost together in the realm of Marvel or DC and keep their style intact. Can you imagine the possibilities? I would not be opposed to seeing Simon Pegg as Hank Pym and Frost as Egghead. Actually, that sounds perfect! Make it happen, Marvel!

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11:56AM on 08/25/2013
Loved Paul.
Loved Paul.
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2:23PM on 08/23/2013

Hot Fuzz (Spoilers)

While watching the climactic scene to Hot Fuzz, I couldn't help but notice some western influence. You have Nicholas Angel riding in on a horse, the one remaining source of justice in a corrupt town, who decides to take the law in his own hands. They then proceed to have a shoot out with most of the town. If they filmed this scene in a old western town and had everyone dressed in period outfits and weapons, this would have clearly been a western scene.
While watching the climactic scene to Hot Fuzz, I couldn't help but notice some western influence. You have Nicholas Angel riding in on a horse, the one remaining source of justice in a corrupt town, who decides to take the law in his own hands. They then proceed to have a shoot out with most of the town. If they filmed this scene in a old western town and had everyone dressed in period outfits and weapons, this would have clearly been a western scene.
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1:54PM on 08/23/2013

Good for Simon

I wouldn't agree to being in an ANT-MAN movie. I can't stand Henry Pym, he's got to be one of the most chauvinistic characters ever created by Stan Lee. I'm not all that excited to watch a wife beater of a superhero.
I wouldn't agree to being in an ANT-MAN movie. I can't stand Henry Pym, he's got to be one of the most chauvinistic characters ever created by Stan Lee. I'm not all that excited to watch a wife beater of a superhero.
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1:52PM on 08/23/2013

Totally agree

on this one. Although, with Edgar's close affiliation with Tarantino, it's possible that if done too soon, it would look like a copycat of doing a DJANGO type of film. Heist and then Western, put some distance in there.
on this one. Although, with Edgar's close affiliation with Tarantino, it's possible that if done too soon, it would look like a copycat of doing a DJANGO type of film. Heist and then Western, put some distance in there.
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12:21PM on 08/23/2013
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
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12:05PM on 08/23/2013
Hell yeah. Just Chris Tucker to it and you have an instant masterpiece!!!
Hell yeah. Just Chris Tucker to it and you have an instant masterpiece!!!
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12:03PM on 08/23/2013
yup!!!
yup!!!
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12:02PM on 08/23/2013
I would love a Black adder style one fro these 3.
I would love a Black adder style one fro these 3.
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11:49AM on 08/23/2013
50 Shades of Grey with Pegg as Christian Grey and Frost as Anastasia Steele, just like in Edgar Wright's tweet. Make it happen, you three!
50 Shades of Grey with Pegg as Christian Grey and Frost as Anastasia Steele, just like in Edgar Wright's tweet. Make it happen, you three!
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11:19AM on 08/23/2013

Animation isn't a genre.

I'd like to see them do an animated movie but speaking as an animator it's a pet peeve when people incorrectly call Animation a genre. It's a medium by which you can make a movie of any genre.
I'd like to see them do an animated movie but speaking as an animator it's a pet peeve when people incorrectly call Animation a genre. It's a medium by which you can make a movie of any genre.
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2:08PM on 08/23/2013
I was about to write the same thing. Brad Bird made this comment before as well.
I was about to write the same thing. Brad Bird made this comment before as well.
10:55AM on 08/23/2013

Spoilers Much?

Come on Alex! 'The World's End' just came out today, and all the reviews (including the ones on this site) have been very careful about not giving anything away, and BAM! Without any warning you do just that, before most theaters are even opened for the day.

Seriously, not okay. Thanks for blowing the twist for when I go see the movie tomorrow night with my friends.
Come on Alex! 'The World's End' just came out today, and all the reviews (including the ones on this site) have been very careful about not giving anything away, and BAM! Without any warning you do just that, before most theaters are even opened for the day.

Seriously, not okay. Thanks for blowing the twist for when I go see the movie tomorrow night with my friends.
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2:05PM on 08/23/2013
Good job avoiding the trailers, because they give away about as much as Alex did.
Good job avoiding the trailers, because they give away about as much as Alex did.
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10:46AM on 08/23/2013
i thought this list was "meh" and for some reason i knew superhero would be #1
i thought this list was "meh" and for some reason i knew superhero would be #1
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10:00AM on 08/23/2013
That would be very interesting.
That would be very interesting.
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10:00AM on 08/23/2013

Epic

Yes! I LOVE this idea! Just thinking "Shaun of the Dead with giant monsters" makes me wish I could go out & see it tonight.
Yes! I LOVE this idea! Just thinking "Shaun of the Dead with giant monsters" makes me wish I could go out & see it tonight.
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10:00AM on 08/23/2013
I could see this idea working.
I could see this idea working.
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9:59AM on 08/23/2013
Now this sounds like something they'd actually make together. And if so, you totally deserve at least a Special Thanks in the end-credits, Alex.
Now this sounds like something they'd actually make together. And if so, you totally deserve at least a Special Thanks in the end-credits, Alex.
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9:57AM on 08/23/2013
I could see this idea working.
I could see this idea working.
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9:54AM on 08/23/2013

Interesting....

When I first started to read this I thought : "No way. Pegg is already Scotty. No need to bring Frost onboard the Enterprise," but then you dropped the Last Starfighter. I can see Pegg as Alex & Frost as Grigg or even as Centauri. Thus idea interests me very much.
When I first started to read this I thought : "No way. Pegg is already Scotty. No need to bring Frost onboard the Enterprise," but then you dropped the Last Starfighter. I can see Pegg as Alex & Frost as Grigg or even as Centauri. Thus idea interests me very much.
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9:53AM on 08/23/2013
Or you could do a role reversal, and make things REALLY interesting.
Or you could do a role reversal, and make things REALLY interesting.
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9:49AM on 08/23/2013

Epic

Yes! I LOVE this idea! Just thinking "Shaun of the Dead with giant monsters" makes me wish I could go out & see it tonight.
Yes! I LOVE this idea! Just thinking "Shaun of the Dead with giant monsters" makes me wish I could go out & see it tonight.
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9:46AM on 08/23/2013
That would be very interesting.
That would be very interesting.
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9:37AM on 08/23/2013

And by Grindhouse ...

I hope you mean "Don't". Which I would watch the fuck out of.
I hope you mean "Don't". Which I would watch the fuck out of.
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9:29AM on 08/23/2013
Maybe Ant Man 2 will have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady. If Hank Pym becomes Giant Man in Avengers 3 then he is going to give up being Ant Man and Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady are SHIELD agents who try on the suit. Obviously the suit won't fit Eric O'Grady if he is being played by Nick Frost so he has to sit things out while his friend takes on the role of Ant Man but he should be able to put together a duplicate helmet and costume and fight side by side with his
Maybe Ant Man 2 will have Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady. If Hank Pym becomes Giant Man in Avengers 3 then he is going to give up being Ant Man and Scott Lang and Eric O'Grady are SHIELD agents who try on the suit. Obviously the suit won't fit Eric O'Grady if he is being played by Nick Frost so he has to sit things out while his friend takes on the role of Ant Man but he should be able to put together a duplicate helmet and costume and fight side by side with his friend at the end of the movie.
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