British filmmaker Edgar Wright has one of the best track records in the business. From Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Hot Fuzz, to 2017’s Baby Driver, his movies are distinctive, enjoyable and brimming with talent. When he trains his lens on horror, though, we get to see his best. So, when we heard he’s returning to the horror genre with his next project, well, let’s just say we’re definitely down.
Edgar Wright revealed in an upcoming interview with Empire that his next project is a psychological horror thriller set in London, starring a female lead. He’s described the general tone of the film as similar to Nicolas Roeg’s classic Don’t Look Now (1973) and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965).
The decision to set the horror flick in London was also a personal one for Wright. In speaking with the mag, he said, “I realized I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years. With Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”
The signs that this will contain more drama like Baby Driver and less of the humor of Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz continue with the fact that he’s co-written the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who best known as one of the chief writers for the series Penny Dreadful and the screenwriter behind Sam Mendes’ upcoming World War I drama, 1917.
The news that Edgar Wright will be returning to horror with a psychological mind-bender has us at Nightmare on Film Street jumping for joy. Stay tuned for new details as they emerge. Let us know how excited you are and what your favorite Wright films over on Twitter, our Official Subreddit, or the Fiend Club Facebook Group!
And, in celebration – let’s send this article off with Edgar Wright’s faux DON’T teaser from Grindhouse: