Fans of Simon Pegg tend to worship the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy but the stand out has clearly always been ‘Shaun of the Dead‘ and for the first time ever we’ve found a sequel could have happened. For the thirteenth anniversary of this cult classic Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost all sat down to an interview, and that’s where the brief idea for it emerged. We all know that the movie never happened or we would have likely heaped praise on it by now but it seems like the idea really was just a bit of joking between friends.
Sadly, we won’t be able to revisit the Winchester again to see our heroes battling the undead. Only, according to Pegg, it would have been a very different kind of undead for the second outing!
“I jokingly wrote a treatment for From Dusk Till Shaun, which was a sequel. Edgar thought it would be funny to do the film again, with vampires. It was all just pub talk.”
I think we all wish we could have been flies on the wall when this was being talked about! One other fun fact that came up from this interview was from Wright who shared that the ultimately perfect casting almost had a few other big names attached:
“Some people just didn’t get [the concept]. I’m not embarrassing her by saying this because she says the same thing — Penelope Wilton initially passed. Helen Mirren was offered Barbara. She said, ‘I would only do the movie if I got to play Ed.'”
While I could totally see Mirren as Ed, I’m sure we can all agree that it would have changed the dynamic of the film.
Could you imagine if Mirren had ended up playing Ed in ‘Shaun of the Dead’? Do you feel that ‘From Dusk Till Shaun’ would have been nearly as successful as the original? Share your thoughts below!