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Ant Attack!

Wright here, right now…

Permit me, if you will, a prolonged nerdy squee of joy…

Edgar Wright is directing Ant Man and it now has one of those handy release date thingies – November 6, 2015.   It’s a real thing!

As Empire Online‘s story on the matter so accurately observes, this places the film into wave two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the adventures of Dr Hank Pym/Scott Lang/Eric O’ Grady opening but a few short months after Joss Whedon‘s eagerly awaited sequel, “Avengers Part Deux: Funk Odyssey” (title not yet confirmed, fact fans).

The chatter must now begin about who’s going to be in it – crosses fingers, wishes for Nick Frost – and how it all fits into the increasingly bonkers and utterly cosmic MarvelVerse.  Broadly realistic action adventure along the lines of “Iron Man” or go-for-broke comic freak-out with mind-blasting special effects aplenty?

The genius behind “Scott Pilgrim“, “Hot Fuzz“, “Shaun of the Dead” and lovely, lovely “Spaced” getting to play with all the toys in the toy cupboard?  As previously stated in the “Pacific Rim” post at the weekend – Take my money! Now!

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Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” to shoot in September?

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Per Deadline’s story, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reunite for the third in the loose trilogy which began with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz, with shooting expected to start in September and a Spring 2013 release pencilled in.

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What this means for the heavily rumoured, Wright-helmed Ant Man movie is anybody’s guess – will we get a Guardians of the Galaxy” (that’s them pictured above) movie instead in 2014 or the equally long talked-up Doctor Strange film to bolster the cosmic side of the Marvel movie universe?

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Edgar Wright to direct “Kolchak” film?

We already knew that a film remake of seventies TV series “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” was on Johnny Depp’s plate – now we know that Edgar Wright may be directing the thing to within an inch of its life and adding a special layer of Fried Gold on top.

Edgar and zombie cohort, shortly before commencement of 12-inch single flinging smackdown...

As eager-eyed visitors to this blog may be aware, I very much heart Edgar Wright and his work – he’s up there with Ridley Scott and Michael Mann to me, as a film maker with a signature visual style:  You know a Wright movie when you see it.

And that’s what makes his hiring interesting – I couldn’t pick out anything in “Spaced”, “Shaun of The Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” or “Scott Pilgrim Versus The World” which would say “Hire this dude to make a period-set, neo-Gothic thriller”, so the prospect of him helming the “Kolchak” adaptation perhaps suggests that Johnny Depp and co are looking to do something different with their take.

Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak

The project at the centre of this announcement is pretty cool, too – “Kolchak – The Night Stalker” was a seventies TV scarefest which pitted news reporter Carl Kolchak against the forces of supernatural evil (let’s hope that the remake doesn’t go all contemporary and make him the host of one of those goofy SyFy “Ghost Hunters”-type shows) and was a big influence on “The X-Files”, which at least some of you reading this won’t be old enough to remember.

Thank you for making me feel bloody old.  Cheers.

No screenplay is yet in place, so I can’t see this one hitting cinemas much before 2014 – which should give Wright time to work on “The World’s End” a bit more, eh?  Sweet.

 

 

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Wright and Pegg at “The World’s End”

After a crappy day at work, believe me when I say that this picture makes things quite a bit better:

How's that for a bit of Fried Gold?

The mere prospect of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and (let us hope) Nick Frost working on the final part of their “Three Cornettos” trilogy makes me very happy.  Why not read Slashfilm’s take on things?

I met Simon Pegg once, at a signing for his autobiography/memoir/deranged ravings of a bearded genius, “Nerd Do Well”.  He was as splendid a chap as you could have hoped for and was very nice about my Scott Pilgrim shirt.  Isn’t it cool when the people that you admire turn out to be thoroughly decent?

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