Update on ‘The World’s End’ Genre/Plot and ‘Hector and the Search For Happiness’

Simon Pegg and his crew have stayed busy with their third film in the ‘blood and ice cream’ trilogy, where all three films will feature blood and Cornetto ice cream.  The first two are Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead and they’ve recently announced they will shoot The World’s End this fall for a release next year.  In an interview with with Empire Pegg says the pub crawl in the film is twelve pubs with World’s End being the final one. Edgar Wright says “This is as much about where you grew up as the people you grew up with…It’s also very silly. I would say it’s darker, more personal and more silly”.

Interesting.  On the genre of the film, Wright says “Hard to say…It’s a sci-fi comedy. Social science-fiction. Look it up on Wikipedia and then bone up on John Christopher and John Wyndham.”

Which is defined on Wikipedia as:

Social science fiction is a term used to describe a subgenre of science fiction concerned less with technology and space opera and more with sociological speculation about human society. In other words, it “absorbs and discusses anthropology”, and speculates about human behavior and interaction.

Outlets are speculating that this means the film will be an alien invasion film, but knowing Wright and Pegg, I wouldn’t be so quick to make guesses like that.  I’d rather wait for a trailer.

Out of Cannes comes news that Simon Pegg will star as “an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist who finds himself in a panic when his patients improve too quickly and noticably.”

The name of the film is Hector and the Search for Happiness, to be directed by Peter Chelsom (director of Serendiptiy and Hannah Montana: The Movie) and is based on the novel of the same name by François Lelord.  Filming will begin once Pegg has wrapped production on The World’s End toward the end of 2012.

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