Edgar Wright and David Walliams team for DreamWorks Animation

Edgar Wright

by James White |
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If you thought juggling multiple projects was just for the likes of Guillermo del Toro or Lego Movie duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, consider this: Edgar Wright is adding something else to his schedule, agreeing to co-write and direct a DreamWorks Animation film.

DreamWorks has announced that Wright will work with David Walliams on the script for the film, which doesn’t yet have a title but is reportedly something to do with shadows. And if the word sounds familiar in connection with DreamWorks Animation, you’re not imagining it – the company had a comedy called Me And My Shadow, with Bill Hader and Josh Gad providing the voices, in the works, but that one has gone awfully quiet. This sounds either like a completely new idea or a re-working of that.

“It was hugely intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing,” Wright says in the statement picked up by Variety. “When the shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and pretty much the whole movie. It’s a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill.”

“Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to have him on board as director along with David as co-writer,” according to DreamWorks Animation presidents Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.”

So add this to the list of movies Wright is working on, including a cinematic version of cult TV show The Night Stalker and an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, The Milk with Johnny Depp, a film based on Andrew Smith’s novel Grasshopper Jungle and his current priority project, crime action comedy Baby Driver, which boasts Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey in its cast. And for some top-notch reading on one of Edgar’s earliest works, head here for our oral history of A Fistful Of Fingers.

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