Edgar Wright has been talking about a Shaun of the Dead sequel for years. Shaun was his breakthrough film, and he’s found plenty of success outside of that film, which is probably why it’s never come into fruition.
In an interview with UK mag Empire about The World’s End, now in theaters, Wright opens up a bit about what his plans were for Shaun of the Dead 2.
“This is going way way back, but there was at one point a really silly idea – one of those fanciful, pie in the sky ideas that we were excited about for about an afternoon and then thought, ‘That’s impossible…’ – where we thought of doing a sequel for Shaun Of The Dead where it would be an alternate reality,” Wright reveals. “Shaun would turn left instead of right and instead of it being a zombie film, it would be – I don’t know – a bodysnatchers film.
“And it’s funny, because we talked about it very excitedly for about an afternoon and then thought it would be impossible because we’d have to do it right now, or the actors are going to look older and it’ll all look weird.
“But one of the gems that came away from that was something nice about paranoid sci-fi, of the John Wyndam, John Christopher-like ilk, where the threat is intelligent and can talk and is claiming identities,” he continued. “It ties really nicely into the idea of reunion and whether these characters have changed. You’ve got four guys who’ve become grown-ups, you’ve got Gary King who’s pretending to be a teenager and then you’ve got this town that’s this weird facsimile of what they once knew, and so that always tied in to the sci-fi theme.“