LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Edgar Wright attends James Cameron's "Avatar: The Way Of Water" World Premiere Afterparty at The Natural History Museum on December 6, 2022 in London, England. "Avatar: The Way Of Water" will be released in UK cinemas from December 16. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)
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Making The World's End A Sci-Fi Film Wasn't Always Edgar Wright's Plan
From the George Romero-inspired zombie film “Shaun of the Dead” to the buddy cop homage “Hot Fuzz,” it’s evident that Edgar Wright has a deep affection for the genres he’s satirizing. The Cornetto Trilogy’s final movie, “The World’s End,” is such a masterful tribute to sci-fi classics it’s difficult to believe that Wright’s original idea was a coming-of-age story.
“The World’s End” is about a group of childhood friends who reunite to complete a pub crawl in their hometown after failing as teenagers. The movie was personal for the filmmaker, as it stemmed from a real-life instance. Wright shared, “Some friends of mine and I did something very similar when we were 18. Our adventure ended just as badly as the one does in the film.”
When promoting “Hot Fuzz,” Wright had an idea: “What would happen if those kids had grown up and then tried to recreate that situation as responsible adults, as a way of chasing their former glories?” This idea led to aliens replacing everyone in the film to convey the feeling of estrangement one may experience when returning home after a long period and seeing changes.