At the end of zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” the flesh-eating ghoulies that terrorize London are domesticated—integrated into everyday life as grocery store employees and game show contestants. Coldplay even starts a ZOMB-AID charity to benefit the “mobile deceased.” Clearly, the makers of “Shaun” had real affection for their undead and couldn’t leave them behind.
Now director and co-writer Edgar Wright will have a chance once again to chill with his reanimated corpses as he screens the film in Toronto during a month-and-a-half long festival of the Brit auteur’s own work and many of his favorite films.
Following its “Kevin Smith Fest” earlier this year, the Bloor Cinema in Toronto will present a weekly selection of Wright-created and -approved flicks starting on February 28 with a double-bill of “Shaun” and his buddy cop action/comedy “Hot Fuzz.” Wright will be on hand for a post-screening audience Q&A.
“Watching my two films in other countries is always a trip,” says Wright. “Both are weirdly very personal to me: the first being a love/hate letter to London, and in the second I gleefully tear up my very own home town. Clearly I have issues.”
The festival will continue with films like David Cronenberg’s terrifying mind-bender “The Brood,” incendiary gang conflict “The Warriors,” and Stephen Chow’s kung fu classic “Shaolin Soccer,” which Wright says “deserves even more recognition in the Western world as the magical, hilarious crowd pleaser it is.”
Wright is in Toronto shooting his graphic novel adaptation, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” staring Michael Cera, Chris Evans and Brandon Routh. The film, about a twenty-something slacker who must defeat the forces of evil rivals to score a date with the love of his life, is something of a cinematic departure for Wright. The writer/director’s previous films (“Shaun” and “Fuzz”) have been collaborations with his comedic buddies Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. “Scott Pilgrim” marks Wright’s first big screen outing without those British funnymen. No doubt, then, Wright will be happy to return to his roots at the Bloor Cinema, if one can be said to happily return to the company of flesh-eating zombies.
What would you ask Wright if you were in the audience at Bloor? Do you think he'll come through with a first-rate "Pilgrim" adventure for the big screen?