I really loved The World’s End (as you can probably tell from my 9/10 review) and as excited as I am for Edgar Wright to take on Ant Man, I’m more of a casual Marvel fan. Horror aside, I’m more of a fan of writers and directors than I am of any specific genre. Shane Black and Joss Whedon ensured that I loved Iron Man 3 and Avengers, and I could take or leave most of the prior stuff (though I’m totally in the bag for James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy). That probably leaves me more curious about what Wright is up to AFTER Ant Man more than anything.
So how excited am I to see one my favorite genres collide with a director whose work transcends genre? Very. Shaun Of The Dead and The World’s End both had strong horror and sci-fi elements (and they’re both amazing), but they’re not really the stuff nightmares are made of. But Oldboy and I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich might be working to add something scarier to Wright’s filmography. He certainly drops a few hints in this great interview with Jeremy Smith over at AICN where he discusses a project he’s working on with Wright by saying, “The one thing I’ll say is that Edgar’s movies have a certain tone, and this one might be a little unexpected because the main thing we’re going for is scary. Smart and scary.” Smith clarifies that this means a film that’s “not-winking” at its audience and Protosevich replies, “Right. The real deal.”
You may have noticed that the reviews coming out for Oldboy today are mixed-to-negative (mine being mixed) and you may be tempted to jump to conclusions about Protosevich. Don’t. He’s a great writer whose work hasn’t yet been fully realized onscreen. Remember what a lot of people thought about Francis Lawrence before Catching Fire? Same thing here. I’ll refer you to Smith’s interview again so you can educate yourselves before heading into the comments section.
If this project ever gets made, I’d guess that it won’t be out until 2016 at the earliest. Still, it’s nice to have stuff to look forward to.