With their infamous Cornetto Trilogy wrapped up and a world of opportunities on the horizon, British comedy superstars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have produced plenty of great shows and movies over the past few years. Between the two of them, their artistic talents will be showcased in a number of new films that are due to be released shortly, including Tomb Raider, Terminal and Mission: Impossible 6.
In a recent interview with Variety, the pair revealed that their primary focus and now lies with their very own production company, Stolen Picture. Although they are both currently involved in other projects, they are concentrating more on more on their own creative endeavours, to the extent that “eventually everything will be Stolen Picture.”
When Stolen Picture was first conceived, the duo thought that they would primarily be making films. Their first movie, a horror-comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez directed by Crispian Mills, is currently in post-production and is due out later this year. Pegg describes the film as “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off … It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.”
However, as the company has grown, the pair have decided to branch out into also making television.
“In terms of where the money is being made, and creatively, making episodic television is now no less nourishing than a two-hour movie,” Frost explained.
Their first TV project is now in development, a horror-comedy called Truth Seekers, which follows the monster-of-the-week style adventures of a trio of paranormal investigators.
“Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown.”
This isn’t the only project they have in the works. They are also in the planning stages of another film based around the reunion of a fading double act who reconnect for one final show.
“We’d like to do it as a two-hander and make it on a very low budget,” says Pegg. “We’ve had the idea for a long time, and we’re going to write an outline and then improvise and make something, which is far looser than when we work with Edgar [Wright]…where every transition is so precise.”
Both Pegg and Frost seem not only willing but eager to be moving away from their recent work in blockbuster releases.
“There’s that trade-off,” Frost says. “I’d rather have a lot less money and make a film or a TV series and have a great time doing it than put it through a million processes and people you don’t know and you don’t respect creatively.”