Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Latest Expendables 3 Trailer Wants To Punch Your Eyes
Bang and blame
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
The First Into The Woods Trailer Has Arrived
Double, double, toil and Meryl
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Hector And The Search For Happiness
15 August 2014
Moebius
08 August 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
Empire Star Rating
Maleficent (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Cuban Fury (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Michel Gondry Talks Mood Indigo
Gondry on Bjork, erections and Mark Ruffalo in his pants

Everything You Need To Know About The Dragonriders Of Pern
The lowdown on Warner Bros. new fantasy sci-fi

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)