This past week, Focus Features adjusted the release date for the highly anticipated third film in Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. It was originally supposed to hit theatres in October, but the studio has slated its release for August 23rd, primed to cut in on some of that summer box office moola.
Frankly, the studio must have liked what it’s seen so far. If they’ve even held early test screenings, this push for a summer release can only mean great things are in store.
Being that The World’s End officiates the trilogy’s completion in the eyes of writers Wright and Pegg, I consider this a little bittersweet. I know that they will no doubt re-team in the future, but to see many of their “Brit Pack” friends returning (Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman among others), I realize how unique this group of dedicated actors, filmmakers, and writers are. Yes, they are jumping on the apocalypticomedy bandwagon, but I have a sneaky feeling that selling a movie to the big time is easier when the sub-genre is trending (ie. This Is The End, Zombieland). And, if that means the difference between this film existing or being shelved, I’ll jump on the bandwagon, too.
Check out this brand new, official image that’s been released by the studio. Click on the image for the larger version. Oh, and I get all royalties on Brit Pack, by the way. Totally my term.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
source: The Film Stage