Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Tommy Lee Jones On For The Next Bourne
Will he be a CIA boss?
Chris Pine Officially Signs On For Wonder Woman
Steve Trevor has been cast
Nosferatu Next On The Remake List
Nosfera2 surely already in a studio bod's brain
Trailer For Michael Bay's 13 Hours Online
The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi has a first promo
Neil Marshall Handing Down The Sentence
He'll direct the futuristic revenge thriller
Shaft Reboot Scores A Writing Team
Kenya Barris will work on the script with Alex Barnow
Toronto Film Festival Unveils Initial 2015 Schedule
Demolition, The Martian and a new Michael Moore film will all premiere
First Promo For The Night Before
Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get Christ-messy
Exclusive Look At Empire's Amy Schumer Photoshoot
The Trainwreck star hits the silver screen
New Trailer For Ricki And The Flash
Meryl Streep rocks while her family rolls
Diane Keaton Joins The Young Pope
She'll star alongside Jude Law in the TV series
Exclusive New Look At Sanjay’s Super Team
And Pixar director Sanjay Patel talks about his new short
Exclusive: Three New Batman V Superman Pics
Empire offers a fresh look at Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor
Empire Debuts New Deadpool Images
Wade Wilson prepares to break your firewall too
Rachel McAdams In Early Talks For Marvel's Doctor Strange
She's considering a lead role
Richard Linklater Considering The Rosie Project
He may direct Jennifer Lawrence in the book adaptation
Bret McKenzie Writing Bob: The Musical's Songs
Tom Cruise still circling the lead and Michael Chabon may script it
Morgan Freeman Heads Down To A Sunless Sea
He's signed up for some more action
Lori Evans Taylor Given Bed Rest
Horror spec script snapped up by MGM
The Vicious Brothers Directing Horror Pic Temple
From a script by The Guest's Simon Barrett
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
26 July 2015
Joe Taslim Heads For Star Trek Beyond
The Raid actor will reach the final frontier
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Bill
21 August 2015
Precinct Seven Five
14 August 2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
30 July 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Man Up (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Last Knights (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Rigor Mortis (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Edgar Wright On The Idea Of A Shaun Of The Dead Sequel
An exclusive what-might-have-been from the man himself

27 August 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive / SoundCloud

submit to reddit

edgar wright shaun of the dead sequel

In our spoiler-filled The World's End special spoiler podcast - which contains spoilers for The World's End, so be warned! - Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost spill several super-sized beans about the final chapter in the Three Cornettos Trilogy. Here is one of the most sizeable titbits spilled, namely the idea that The World's End was almost a kinda-sort-of sequel to Shaun Of The Dead at one point.

Take it away, Edgar Wright:

"This is going way way back, but there was at one point a really silly idea – one of those fanciful, pie in the sky ideas that we were excited about for about an afternoon and then thought, ‘That’s impossible…’ – where we thought of doing a sequel for Shaun Of The Dead where it would be an alternate reality. Shaun would turn left instead of right and instead of it being a zombie film, it would be – I don’t know – a bodysnatchers film.

"And it’s funny, because we talked about it very excitedly for about an afternoon and then thought it would be impossible because we’d have to do it right now, or the actors are going to look older and it’ll all look weird.

"But one of the gems that came away from that was something nice about paranoid sci-fi, of the John Wyndam, John Christopher-like ilk, where the threat is intelligent and can talk and is claiming identities. It ties really nicely into the idea of reunion and whether these characters have changed. You’ve got four guys who’ve become grown-ups, you’ve got Gary King who’s pretending to be a teenager and then you’ve got this town that’s this weird facsimile of what they once knew, and so that always tied in to the sci-fi theme."

Though a sequel to Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz or The World's End is never going to happen in this or any other alternate reality, it's fascinating to imagine what might have been if the gang had pulled this one off. Would there have been a 'You've got blue on you' line? Probably... not. 

The World's End remains in cinemas, both in the UK and the US, and you should watch it again just so you can pick up the extra Easter Eggs you'll discover in our World's End spoiler podcast.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The World's End Could Have Been A Time Travel Movie
But Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg thought better of it
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

Sven Hansen-Løve Talks Eden
The house DJ on France’s answer to 24 Hour Party People

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

David O. Russell Talks Through First Joy Trailer
The writer/director breaks down the Jennifer Lawrence Oscar hopeful

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)