Edgar Wright Explains Why He Won't Make A Shaun of the Dead 2

Edgar Wright explains why he won’t do Shaun of the Dead 2. Wright enjoyed his breakthrough as a filmmaker with 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, a horror-comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as friends whose London neighborhood is taken over by zombies.

Shaun of the Dead indeed proved a big success for Wright and is still looked upon by many of his fans as his best movie. But of course Wright would go on to do many other things, including the films Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, which along with Shaun of the Dead make up the so-called “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy. Next up Wright is back in the world of horror for Last Night in Soho, a stylish psychological mind-bender starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.

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It remains to be seen what genre the ever-unpredictable Wright will tackle next. One thing is for certain though: he won’t be doing Shaun of the Dead 2. Speaking to SFX Magazine (via Games Radar), Wright explained why he has no desire to revisit the movie that launched him on a huge filmmaking career:

"I haven’t gone back to horror-comedy, because with Shaun Of The Dead I felt like I had said much of what I wanted to say with that movie. It’s difficult to return to that, even as a producer. Sometimes I get sent films – people want to make the next Shaun and want me to come aboard as a producer. But I find it difficult to cover the same territory again."

Wright went on to explain that the time-consuming nature of filmmaking is also behind his unwillingness to repeat himself. He said fans often ask him why he doesn’t just “knock outanother Shaun of the Dead movie. He explained, “It’s like, these films take three years to make, you’ve got to really, really love it to do it.“ He added that challenging himself with subject matter he’s never tackled before is the “real motivator” behind making films. Interestingly, Wright said he’s not even willing to return to Shaun of the Dead as a producer, even though in such a capacity he could presumably be mostly hands-off while others did the actual heavy lifting.

Things could of course change in the future but for now it seems Wright has slammed the door on Shaun of the Dead 2 ever happening. This is bad news for those who yearn to see Pegg and Frost back in that world, battling the undead again. However, it’s understandable that Wright would have reservations about covering ground he’s already gone over. Right now it seems he can get just about any movie made he wants, so there’s no reason for him to dredge up Shaun of the Dead. In the future perhaps Wright’s career won’t be in such a healthy place and Shaun of the Dead 2 will suddenly seem like a better idea. Then again, the pure sense of inspiration behind Wright’s zombie-filled horror-comedy would surely be hard to reproduce and any sequel would likely be nothing but a pale imitation. Someone else stepping in as writer and/or director might one day be a possibility, but fans no doubt would prefer Wright himself be at the helm of any Shaun of the Dead sequel.

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Source: SFX Magazine (via Games Radar)

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