There are few things in this world that make me happier that the prospect of seeing Nick Frost and Simon Pegg performing together. Their on-screen relationship, starting in TV cult favourite Spaced and continuing with their cinematic outings, has genuinely touched me over the years, reflecting, as it does, friendships that I hold dear. That we will see them together again, under the firm guiding hand of director Edgar Wright (that Wright is directing a new film is, in itself, exciting enough to warrant an announcement), is fantastic news.
We already knew that the three intended to work together again (it will be the first time since Hot Fuzz in 2007) and that the next feature would be called The World’s End. Now a plot summary has been revealed and it would seem that my dream has come true and the trio intend to make a movie with an apocalyptic slant;
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.
The summary seems to promise more of the same from Frost, Pegg and Wright, namely a compelling genre-homage with well-established and grounded characters and a welcome British sensibility. And no doubt it will be hilarious as well. Happy times.