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​Simon Pegg Admits He’s Written A ‘Ridiculous’ Vampire-Driven ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ Sequel

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I think it’s safe to say that we’d all like to see a sequel to Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright’s 2004 epic horror parody.

And although it doesn’t look like we will be seeing one any time soon, it has emerged that Pegg has written a treatment for a follow-up that sounds like it would be absolutely hilarious.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Pegg said: “I jokingly wrote a treatment for From Dusk Till Shaun, which was a sequel to Shaun of the Dead.

“It was all about Shaun and Ed having to go up to Edinburgh, or something. I don’t know. It was ridiculous. And it was a joke. It wasn’t like a serious pitch. Edgar thought it would be funny to do the film again, but with vampires. But it was all just pub talk.”

Edgar Wright added that they have also toyed with other ideas for a follow-up.

“There was a brief idea we had, that we entertained for all of like 72 hours, where I thought you could do an alternate reality sequel,” said the director, on exploring potential options. “It basically starts with the same movie but then it becomes not about zombies. But these films, they take three years. So, it’s like, if you’re doing another movie, let’s do something completely different.”

The original Shaun of the Dead was the first in Wright and Pegg’s ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ trilogy, followed by 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s EndIt has been rated as the third greatest comedy film of all time in a Channel 4 poll and Quentin Tarantino even named it as one of the top 20 best films since 1992.

Wright recently returned to cinemas with Baby Driver, a fast-paced car chase thriller starring Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey, and his first directorial work since The World’s End. The film currently holds an approval rating of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Since a Shaun of the Dead remake isn’t in the pipeline, and with all the hype surrounding his comments, you’ve got to be thinking Pegg’s going to be heading to the Winchester, having a nice cold pint, and waiting for it to all blow over.

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Margot Robbie’s Next DC Film, Birds of Prey, Sets Release Date

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Following the casting rumours late last week, it appears Warner Bros. is really getting the ball rolling with their all-female superhero feature Birds of Prey, which is set to star The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie.

Robbie, who will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn from director David Ayer’s critically-derided Suicide Squad, has been in chemistry tests for the past week with potential co-stars for Birds of Prey – including actresses Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Those tests appear to be giving Warner Bros.’ cause for confidence, as the flick has now been given a release date of the 7th of February 2020. Also out that month will be Sony’s Peter Rabbit sequel, and Bond 25 (which recently shifted its release due to a director reshuffle). Stiff competition, to be sure, indicating that WB – for good or ill – have faith in the DC project.

Birds of Prey will follow Harley Quinn as she unites a team of costumed vigilantes – including Orphan, The Huntress, and Black Canary – with Gotham City detective Renee Montoya to take on legendary crime lord Black Mask. The film will be directed by Dead Pigs’ Cathy Yan, and has a script from Bumblebee’s Christina Hodson. Margot Robbie can next be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Jeff Bridges Gives Big Lebowski Remake His Blessing, On One Condition

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The man, the myth, the Dude himself, actor Jeff Bridges is currently on the press tour for his latest feature Bad Times at the El Royale, and naturally the beloved thespian was asked about The Big Lebowski.

Given Hollywood’s propensity for rebooting, remaking, and reimagining anything that anyone, anywhere even vaguely recollects, Variety decided to get out in front of tinsel town’s favourite business model, and to ask Bridges if  he would be interested in a remake of The Big Lebowski.

“Yeah, if I was in it!” he laughed with a shrug.

To be clear, no remake of The Big Lebowski has been officially announced, but it’s a fairly good bet that some executive somewhere has floated the idea at least once.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult-classic, which starred Bridges, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore in the story of a legendary slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire, and embroiled in a series of darkly comic criminal hijinks. The picture was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who recently allowed a reimagining/continuation of their 1996 picture Fargo to be adapted to television.

Bad Times at the El Royale also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. It’s due for release in UK cinemas on the 12th of October, this year.

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls Tops Box Office, Fahrenheit 11/9 Lands With A Thud

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Eli Roth’s family fantasy adaptation of classic children’s novel The House With a Clock in Its Walls, which stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black, has debuted at the top of the domestic box office – surpassing expectations with a very respectable $26.8 million opening weekend.

The House With a Clock in Its Walls is now Roth’s highest-ever opening, beating the previous record of his grisly horror feature Hostel, which opened to $19 million back in 2005. The flick beat out other newcomer Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s latest scathing documentary on the Trump administration, which only managed a paltry $3.1 million. The film is the latest in a line of diminishing returns for Moore’s work.

Internationally, Conjuring-spinoff The Nun still held the gold medal at the box office with an impressive $35 million weekly taking, bringing its total earnings to $292.6 million worldwide.

This week’s features should have a pretty comfortable run over the next nine days to continue earning as the Summer movie season officially draws to a close, and studios shift to their Autumn slates. October 3rd will see the next big competition of the year, as Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born opens opposite Tom Hardy’s super-antihero Venom.

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