Even though Simon Pegg and Nick Frost‘s return to horror in Slaughterhouse Rulez is thus far failing to generate the hype the producers might have hoped for (thanks to a disappointingly bland-looking trailer), the public is still hungry for the spiritual successor to Shaun of the Dead. Fans may be intrigued to know that Edgar Wright is turning his hand to horror again, with a planned London-set psychological horror movie.
Wright cites Roman Polanski‘s Repulsion and Nic Roeg‘s Don’t look Now as influences on his latest work, which will be set in London’s Soho. With regards to the location, Wright told Empire:
“I realised 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.”
From what we know of the project, which is very little at this stage, it sounds like a much more straight-faced affair than some of Wright’s most popular outings. On the other hand, it seems like Wright is bringing the same commitment to the importance of setting that he has throughout his career. He adds:
“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.”
We’re also interested to learn that the film will feature a female protagonist, given that interesting roles for women are a little thin on the ground in Wright’s back-catalogue. The film will shoot this summer, and will be based on a screenplay co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns.