Edgar Faces Off Against Them!

Shaun's Wright to direct extreme comedy

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In this crazy world that we live in, there's a terrible tendency to take extremism seriously. Now, sure, there are a few violent mixed nuts out there, but let's not forget that some extremists believe that the world's ruling elite are descended from giant lizards, or that others enjoy wearing pointy white sheets on their heads or worship owl effigies. So it's good news that Edgar "Shaun of the Dead" Wright is lined up to direct Them, about adventures with extremists.

The film's based on the book "Them: Adventures With Extremists" by satirical journalist Jon Ronson, with the screenplay to be adapted by Mike "School of Rock" White. The film is described as a "conspiracy comedy", with the main character (who's set to be a woman onscreen, although it's Ronson himself in the non-fiction book) investigating various extremists in an attempt to find the real rulers of the world.

There's no word yet on when this will fit in to Wright's increasingly busy schedule, as he's also down to make long-awaited British action-comedy Hot Fuzz (stop reading this, Wright, and get back to work on that!) and romantic odyssey Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. He was also rumoured to be close to signing on to direct the proposed big screen outing for titchy superhero Ant-Man.

But then, Mike White is rather busy too, since he's on screenwriting duties for Nacho Libre with buddy and producing partner Jack Black (who'll also be producing this, along with White, Wright and Shaun of the Dead producer Nira Park). So there's no word on a start date, but we'll let you know more as soon as we do.

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