Original “Shaun Of The Dead 2” Plans Involved Bodysnatchers

August 28, 2013

In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) discussed what his plans originally were for SHAUN OF THE DEAD 2.

This is going way way back, but there was at one point a really silly idea – one of those fanciful, pie in the sky ideas that we were excited about for about an afternoon and then thought, ‘That’s impossible…’ – where we thought of doing a sequel for Shaun Of The Dead where it would be an alternate reality,” Wright reveals. “Shaun would turn left instead of right and instead of it being a zombie film, it would be – I don’t know – a bodysnatchers film.

And it’s funny, because we talked about it very excitedly for about an afternoon and then thought it would be impossible because we’d have to do it right now, or the actors are going to look older and it’ll all look weird.

But one of the gems that came away from that was something nice about paranoid sci-fi, of the John Wyndam, John Christopher-like ilk, where the threat is intelligent and can talk and is claiming identities,” he continued. “It ties really nicely into the idea of reunion and whether these characters have changed. You’ve got four guys who’ve become grown-ups, you’ve got Gary King who’s pretending to be a teenager and then you’ve got this town that’s this weird facsimile of what they once knew, and so that always tied in to the sci-fi theme.

It kind of sounds like this “bodysnatcher” idea morphed into The World’s End. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out on a very entertaining movie.

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