By Megan Bianco
It happens all the time in Hollywood: one concept is floating around in development, and another similar one is also being produced. It happened in 1998 with Antz and A Bug’s Life, and then 2009 with Observe & Report and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. This year, director Edgar Wright and friends are back together to give audiences the second apocalyptic farce of the summer. Titled The World’s End, the demons in This Is the End are now replaced with robotic clones.
After ending rehab, compulsive liar and addict Gary (Simon Pegg) recruits his old pals Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost) to “pub crawl” across their hometown of Newton Haven, England. But the four friends have grown up and are getting tired of Gary’s antics and he can’t seem to take a hint. Also everyone around them seems to be acting strangely. And all the pubs seem to look exactly the same once they arrive.
Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan co-star as Steven’s sister and the friends’ former professor. The World’s End is the third and final feature of the Wright-Pegg-Frost trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). While it is unfortunate that the Apatow crew’s own spoof came out two months earlier, Wright’s film is funny enough with a big enough fan base for the comparison to not matter.