Director Edgar Wright has been a feature filmmaker for about 11 years now, and in that time he’s delivered four outstanding films with near-flawless screenplays, tight editing and visuals that truly use the medium of film to its full potential. Knowing what he’s pulled off in the live-action realm with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, I’ve always wanted to see what he can do in animation, and now we’ll get to find out.
The Wrap has learned that Wright has signed on to direct and co-write his first animated feature film for DreamWorks Animation. At this time details are scarce, but the movie reportedly focuses on a concept involving shadows, and it seems to have loose ties to a project that DWA was developing awhile back. Read More »
If you’re a fan of the work of author Neil Gaiman (Coraline), when you hear the talent coming together for an adaptation of his children’s book Fortunately the Milk, you’re going to flip your lid.
Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright is teaming up with superstar Johnny Depp for the adaptation of the children’s book that is perfectly described as “a story of time travel and breakfast cereal.” And the writer on board the project only sweetens the deal. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’re reading /Film, we’re guessing there’s a pretty good chance you’ve watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the Cornetto trilogy. Maybe you’ve even seen Spaced, the British TV series the first assembled the Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost dream team. But there’s a good chance even Wright’s biggest fans haven’t seen his debut feature, A Fistful of Fingers.
Well, now’s your chance. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of A Fistful of Fingers, and to celebrate that fact it’s playing in London and — for the first time ever — Los Angeles. Wright’s even got an amazing Paul Shipper poster to go with that re-release. Take a look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
Edgar Wright‘s next movie may not star Simon Pegg or Nick Frost, but he’s managed to assemble a pretty cool cast all the same. Jamie Foxx signed on last month to join Ansel Elgort and Lily James in the crime pic, and now Jon Hamm wants to tag along on the ride as well. Find out which part he’s playing after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director Sam Mendes is guest-editing next month’s issue of Empire and he really delivered the goods. He could have easily just coasted on this gig and used his temporary position to just remind people that Spectre is coming out on November 6th, but instead, he rounded up a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest and most respected directors and asked them simple questions about their filmmaking process. The answers are fascinating.
To check out some highlights from the Sam Mendes interviews, hit the jump.
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Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.
In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Read some of the Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute below! Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Edgar Wright is currently prepping Baby Driver, described as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film,” but one of his next directorial efforts is taking a step forward in the meantime. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) has just been tapped to do a rewrite on Collider, a Paramount project produced by J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. More on the Edgar Wright Collider rewrite after the jump. Read More »
Sony dated two Bad Boys sequels today, but those flags weren’t the only ones planted by the studio. There’s also the Dark Tower release plan, and a date for a new Jumanji movie, too. And that isn’t all.
Sony has set 2016 dates for Passengers, Underworld 5, and The Magnificent 7, and also set up spots in 2017 for Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, and the new Resident Evil movie, along with a new Uncharted movie release date. Check out the whole upcoming Sony films calendar below. Read More »
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A couple weeks ago I got a chance to sit down with director Peyton Reed and talk about his new film Ant-Man. I’ve been a fan of Reed for a while now, from his fun 2000 comedy Bring It On (which was basically Pitch Perfect with Cheerleading) to his work within the Back to the Future franchise (he was involved in the Universal Studios ride, the animated series, and even directed the behind the scenes documentaries for the sequels). Here are some of the things I talked to Peyton Reed about:
- His first attempt trying to direct a Marvel film in 2003 with a Fantastic Four adaptation that never happened
- Ant-Man looks like it has the most VFX shots out of any of the Marvel films, But it does’t
- How they made the microscopic scenes so photorealistic
- What he believes he brought to the movie that wasn’t in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish‘s draft
- Why other Marvel characters were added to the story (possible spoiler warning, although its shown in tv commercials and trailers)
- How Peyton ended up doing voice work on episodes of Beavis and Butthead
- Will he be involved in any of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary festivities
- How Did Marty McFly influence Ant-Man
You can read about all of that and much more in my Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Replacing Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was never going to be an easy task. As director Peyton Reed recalls it, even he found himself wondering, “Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” — not realizing, of course, that he himself would get the job a few weeks later.
Fortunately, early word on Reed’s Ant-Man has been strong. Among other things, critics have noted approvingly that Wright’s influence can still be felt in the finished product. Now Reed has gotten more specific about which parts of Ant-Man came from him and Adam McKay, and which parts originated with Wright and Joe Cornish. Read the Peyton Reed Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump. Read More »