The black comedy Burke & Hare (currently available on VOD through SundanceNow and out in theaters on September 9th), from director John Landis, is about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. Selling dead bodies to medical schools became big business in the 1800s, and William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) saw an opportunity to make their fortunes. The only problem was that there weren’t any dead bodies to be found, so to meet the demand, the two men began to arrange a series of deadly “accidents,” securing a steady stream of bodies and the cash for them, but also drawing more attention than the pair would ever want.
During a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Landis (Animal House, Trading Places) talked about the serendipity that led to him directing Burke & Hare, making serial killers likeable leads for a romantic comedy, and making Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis an evil Laurel & Hardy, his direct approach with actors. He also talked about his thoughts on remakes, the possibility of someone doing their own take on An American Werewolf in London, doing a film adaptation of the farcical play The Rivals for his next project, and what led him to direct some episodes of the TV series Psych. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
New images from John Landis’ Burke and Hare have gone online. The film stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real-life 19th-century grave-robbers/murderers William Burke and William Hare. I’ve got high hopes for this film since it’s not only the first feature film from Landis (who previously directed An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers) in over a decade, but the cast includes not only the talents of Pegg and Serkis, but also of Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, Jessica Hynes, Christopher Lee, and Tom Wilkinson.
Hit the jump to check out the images and click here to see the trailer. Burke and Hare is due out in the UK this Friday. No word yet on a US release.
While I was in London a few days ago (for reasons I will reveal next year), I was able to sit down and talk with Simon Pegg before his recent signing at Waterstone’s book store in Piccadilly Square.
But I guess I should back up a second.
If you didn’t know, Simon Pegg, the star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the one who brought Scotty back to life in J.J. Abrams Star Trek, has written an autobiography called Nerd Do Well. The book was released last week in the UK and will be out in the US and Canada on November 23rd. I’ve started reading the book, and while Pegg is usually guarded in interviews about his private life, the book goes into intimate detail about a lot of very personal things. It was quite surprising. More after the jump:
The UK trailer for John Landis’ Burke and Hare has gone online. The film stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real 19th century murderers William Burke and William Hare who began as modest grave robbers to earn a living but had to move on to killing when corpses weren’t readily available. I’ve got high hopes for this flick since I’m a fan of not only Pegg and Serkis, but co-stars Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Hynes, and Isla Fisher. Also, Landis did a little film you may have heard of called An American Werewolf in London.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Burke and Hare opens on October 29th in the UK.
The first official image from the upcoming black comedy, Burke & Hare has just been released.
Directed by John Landis, the film stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) in the title roles, and is based on the true story of two 19th century serial murderers and grave robbers who discover the highly profitable business of providing cadavers to a medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The film is currently in production and is slated to be released later this year. Burke & Hare also stars Isla Fisher, Tim Curry, John Cleese, and Tom Wilkinson. Now that’s a comedic movie line-up that we can all look forward to.
Hit the jump to check out the intriguing image from Empire Online and the complete synopsis.
For those who enjoy actors in-costume and out-of-character, Accidental Sexiness has new on-set images of Simon Pegg and Isla Fisher in John Landis’ Burke and Hare and Johnny Depp in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Tourist.
With Burke and Hare (based on the true story of two men in 19th century Edinburgh who committed murders for the money they made selling the cadavers to medical schools), Ms. Fisher is wearing a lovely blue dress with matching blue-bonnet. By her side is Mr. Pegg rocking a pair of muttonchops. Keep in mind, that muttonchops in the 21st century can not be worn or grown. They can only be rocked.
As for Mr. Depp in The Tourist (which is about an American tourist (Depp) drawn into a web of intrigue and danger by a female Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) as she attempts to locate a criminal who was once her lover), he looks overjoyed to be filming by the Grand Canal in Venice.
Hit the jump to check out new photos from both films. Also, click here for previous on-set images from Burke and Hare and click here for a shots of Angelina Jolie in The Tourist.
The first images of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in director John Landis’ Burke and Hare have hit the net. We can thank the production for filming on location in Edinburgh for the photos. Starring Pegg, Serkis, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Curry and Sir Christopher Lee, the movie follows two 19th century grave-robbers who started murdering folks so they could cash in on the cadaver money when they sold the corpses to doctors who wanted to study anatomy. What’s also interesting about the film is…it’s based on real events.
According to the Daily Mail:
The real-life Burke and Hare, who hailed from Ireland, were responsible for the deaths of at least 17 people from 1827 until 1828. After murdering their victims, the pair then went on to sell the bodies to Dr Robert Knox, who dissected them in his anatomy classes at Barclay’s anatomy school in Surgeon’s Square.
Hit the jump for some photos from the set:
By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (AFM). The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, AFM has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films.
Below you’ll find images and synopses for Burke and Hare, Cash, Effie, Main St., The Electric Slide, and The Irishman. Hit the jump to check them all out. Also, all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations. You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 by click on their respective links.
How’s this for a slice of fried gold? “Shaun of the Dead” star and all around bitchin’ bloke, Simon Pegg, is set to star in “An American Werewolf in London” helmer John Landis’ next outing, “Burke and Hare”. Now, maybe I’m alone here, but the idea of Simon Pegg appearing in a film directed by the man who gave us “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers” is truly something to be celebrated. Especially when the film centers on a pair of grave robbers in the 1800′s who make a living supplying cadavers to a local medical school. Intrigued? How the hell could you not be? Hit the jump to learn a bit more.