The horror genre is going through an incredibly fruitful period at the moment. Filmmakers like Luca Guadagnino, Ari Aster, John Krasinski, and of course Jordan Peele have delivered thoughtful, artful, and downright terrifying horror films over the past couple of years, and now another beloved filmmaker is about to make his horror debut: Edgar Wright.
Indeed, Wright tells Empire that his next project is a psychological horror thriller set in London, starring a female lead. Explicit details are under lock and key, but Wright cites Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 classic Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s 1965 film Repulsion as influences. Both of those films blur the line between hallucination and reality with visual panache, and given Wright’s reputation as a confident and exacting visual filmmaker, if he is indeed pulling from those aspects of those movies, we’re no doubt in for a treat.
Speaking with Empire, Wright says the film is somewhat personal in nature:
“I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years. With Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”
Wright co-wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was a staff writer on Penny Dreadful and co-wrote Sam Mendes’ upcoming film 1917. The untitled project is expected to start filming this summer in London.
Wright’s spectacular Shaun of the Dead certainly pulled from the horror genre and had some spooky moments, and his delightful Grindhouse trailer Don’t was downright masterful in execution, but this new project will be his first time crafting a straight-up thriller. Just as Baby Driver was Wright’s first time making a straight-up action-thriller, to phenomenal results.
Speaking of which, Wright confirms to Empire that a first draft of Baby Driver 2 now exists, adding that it “introduces a whole swath of new characters following the original’s high body-count, and ‘takes the story further.’’ But it’s likely now up to Sony as to whether Baby Driver 2 happens, and in the meantime Wright is delivering on a longheld desire to make a genuine horror movie.
Any new piece of material from Wright is cause for excitement, but I am beyond thrilled at the prospect of seeing him create an original horror story. No word on a release date or casting just yet, but this is very, very good news.
Revisit Wright’s trailer for the non-existent horror film Don’t, which was created for Grindhouse, below, followed by the trailers for Don’t Look Now and Repulsion.