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Simon Pegg and John Landis Team Up for Horror Film

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 24, 2009

Burke And Hare

By Phil BrownMartiniBoys.com

Few comedians are more sought after in Hollywood these days than Simon Pegg. The British writer/actor earned respect for his brilliant genre homage/spoof films Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. That would have been enough to get his phone ringing off the hook, but then the guy went and secured a big role as Scotty in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot (possibly the biggest blockbuster of the summer). Now people in Hollywood are practically frothing at the mouth to get Simon Pegg to star in one of their movies. Fortunately the guy is using his power in Hollywood well and taking advantage of the heat to get some interesting projects off the ground.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Pegg is currently hard at work on Paul, a comedy with Shaun and Hot Fuzz costar Nick Frost about a pair of comic book geeks who somehow end up transporting an alien across the US. The movie is being directed by Superbad’s Greg Mottola and is practically guaranteed cult status once it hit screens. Today Simon Pegg has announced plans to team up with none other than Animal House and American Werewolf In London director John Landis. It seems like a match made in comedy heaven, since Landis was busy making genre-defying comedies back when Pegg was still a snotty-nosed lad watching his movies on the big screen. Landis is in a bit of a career slump at the moment, having only worked in TV and documentaries since the 90s. Pegg’s rising star status will help get Landis back behind the camera of a major motion picture and damn it we should all be grateful that it’s happening.

John Landis

John Landis

So what exactly will Pegg and Landis be cooking up together? Well, it’s actually a pretty exciting concept. The pair are going to make a comedy/horror film about the lives of Burke And Hare. Not familiar with Burke And Hare? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. Burke And Hare are too folk horror legends in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are two real men who used to dig up fresh corpses from the city’s graveyards and sell them to the local university for medical experiments at discount prices. It’s a weird and dark little story that has been adapted into horror movies before in titles like The Flesh And The Fiends with Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance and The Doctor And The Devils with Timothy Dalton.

It’s classic horror material with plenty of opportunity for splatsick comedyAn American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition) and gallows humor. Both Pegg and Landis have a talent for making bloodletting funny, so I think we can assume that these guys will mine plenty of laughs out of the morbid material. Hopefully this movie will move into production soon so that it doesn’t delay the next Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg project The World’s End (which is supposed to be a third part of a loose trilogy they started with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz).

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