The World’s End: “It’s Social Science Fiction”
Director Edgar Wright compares The World’s End to the likes of John Wyndham
Until the first trailer (and a second soon after) arrived a couple of months back, we knew very little about The World’s End aside from the fact it reunited the Shaun Of The Dead/Hot Fuzz dream team of Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost, featured a bunch of 40-something blokes on a pub crawl, and that something weird was going to interrupt the downing of pints.
Now we’ve learned a bit more about the final instalment of their “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy – not least that the drinking buddies’ hometown of Newton Haven will be taken over by humanoid robots with glowing eyes and blue “blood”. Wright tells SFX that the weirdness is very much in the British sci-fi tradition.
“It’s that strain of social science fiction born out of paranoia through the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” he says in an exclusive interview with SFX, “those books based around xenophobia or a fear of technology, or the idea of the world moving on without you. I think a lot of those films revolve around identity and identity crisis. Here you’ve got a film about friends reuniting where some people have changed and some people haven’t, so you’re already in that zone.
“It’s about gong back to your old town and finding out that your hometown is not what it once was, whih is an experience that a lot of people have, I think,” the director continues. “It can be a very bittersweet experience. We liked the idea of combining that with sci-fi paranoia.”
You can read much more about The World’s End in the new issue of SFX, on sale from Wednesday 26 June.