Edgar Howard Wright
18 April 1974
|Alma mater||Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design|
|Occupation||Director, writer, producer|
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English film director, screenwriter and producer. He is known for his fast-paced and kinetic, satirical genre films, which feature extensive utilization of expressive popular music, Steadicam tracking shots, dolly zooms and a signature editing style that includes transitions, whip pans and wipes.He began making independent short films before making his first feature film A Fistful of Fingers (1995). Wright created and directed the comedy series Asylum in 1996, written with David Walliams. After directing several other television shows, Wright directed the sitcom Spaced (1999–2001), which aired for two series and starred frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
In 2004, Wright directed the zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead starring Pegg and Frost, the first film in Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. The film was co-written with Pegg—as were the next two entries in the trilogy, the buddy cop film Hot Fuzz (2007) and the science fiction comedy The World's End (2013). In 2010, Wright co-wrote and directed the action comedy film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World , an adaptation of the graphic novel series. Along with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat, he adapted The Adventures of Tintin (2011) for Steven Spielberg. Wright and Cornish co-wrote the screenplay for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man in 2015, which Wright intended to direct but abandoned, citing creative differences.His latest film, the action film Baby Driver , was released in 2017, before filming commenced on his next feature Last Night in Soho .
Edgar Howard Wright was born on 18 April 1974 in Poole, Dorset and grew up predominantly in Wells in Somerset. He attended The Blue School, Wells from 1985 to 1992, and is honoured by a plaque at the school. His school drama teacher, Peter Wild played a cameo role in Hot Fuzz. Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, he directed many short films, first on a Super-8 camera that was a gift from a family member and later on a Video-8 camcorder that he won in a competition on the television programme Going Live . These films were mostly comedic pastiches of popular genres, such as the super hero-inspired Carbolic Soap and Dirty Harry tribute Dead Right (which was featured on the DVD release of Hot Fuzz ).
From 1992 to 1994, Wright attended the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now Arts University Bournemouth) and received an ND in Audio-Visual Design.In June 2018, Arts University Bournemouth awarded Wright an Honorary Fellowship alongside graphic designer Margaret Calvert, costume designer Jenny Beavan and dancer Darcey Bussell. On receiving the award Wright said "I'm thrilled to accept my honorary fellowship from AUB, or as I knew it back in 1992, the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. I still think very fondly of my time spent there."
Wright made his feature film debut in 1995 with a low budget, independent spoof western, A Fistful of Fingers , which was picked up for a limited theatrical release and broadcast on the satellite TV channel Sky Movies.Despite Wright's dissatisfaction with the finished product, it caught the attention of comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who subsequently chose him as the director of their Paramount Comedy channel production Mash and Peas . During this time he also worked on BBC programmes such as Is It Bill Bailey? , Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round and Sir Bernard's Stately Homes . In an interview with journalist and author Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life , Wright attributes his edgy and comedic style to his love for An American Werewolf in London :
I've always been fascinated by horror films and genre films. And horror films harboured a fascination for me and always have been something I've wanted to watch and wanted to make. Equally, I'm very fascinated by comedy. I suppose the reason that this film changed my life is that very early on in my film-watching experiences, I saw a film that was so sophisticated in its tone and what it managed to achieve.
In 1998 writer/actors Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes were in the early stages of developing their sitcom Spaced for Channel 4 and thought of asking Wright to direct, having fondly remembered working with him on the 1996 Paramount comedy Asylum . Wright gave Spaced an unusual look for the sitcom genre, with dramatic camera angles and movement borrowed from the visual language of science fiction and horror films.Instead of shying away from these influences Wright makes an active effort to show his referencing, adding a 'Homage-O-Meter' to all of his releases, a device that displays each directorial nod he has made during shooting. In 2002, he made appearances as a scientist and a technician named Eddie Yorque during both series of Look Around You , a BBC programme created by a member of the Spaced cast, Peter Serafinowicz. He also made two brief appearances in Spaced, one in which he can be seen, along with other crew members on the series, lying asleep in Daisy Steiner's squat as she prepares to leave for her new house. The other is a brief appearance during the montage in the episode "Gone" where Daisy describes to Tim what she thinks would be a fun night out for the two. Edgar is sitting on the tube (with a beard) next to Tim and Daisy.
The critical success of Spaced paved the way for Wright and Pegg to move to the big screen with Shaun of the Dead , a zombie comedy which mixed a "Brit flick" romantic comedy style with homages to the horror classics of George A. Romero and Sam Raimi. The film was a success critically and financially, and its rooting in American genre cinema helped to make it an international hit.
The pair subsequently planned out a trilogy of British genre-comedies which were connected not by narrative but by their shared traits and motifs. The trilogy was named "The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" by the pair due to a running joke about the British ice cream product Cornetto and its effectiveness as a hangover cure. Wright explained to Clark Collis in an interview for Entertainment Weekly , "We put that joke in Shaun of the Dead where Nick asks for a Cornetto first thing in the morning. When I was at college, it was my hangover cure—probably still is my hangover cure. Then we put it into Hot Fuzz because we thought it would be a funny recurring thing. One journalist in the United Kingdom said, 'Is this going to be your theme as a trilogy?' and I said, 'Yes, it's like Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors trilogy. This is the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy.' It was just a joke that stuck." Collis observes that the films also feature "a running gag involving garden fences."
The second instalment was the comedy action thriller Hot Fuzz . Production started in March 2006 and the film was released in February 2007 in the United Kingdom and April 2007 in the United States. It revolves around Pegg's character, Nicholas Angel, a police officer who is transferred from London to rural Sandford, where grisly events soon take place.
In 2007, Wright also directed a fake trailer insert for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse , called "Don't".It was a plotless trailer that mocked horror clichés, with lines such as, "If you... are thinking... of going ... into... this... house... DON'T!".
In 2010, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was released; its over-$85 million budget dwarfed the £8 million budget of Hot Fuzz. The film, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim , was co-written, co-produced and directed by Wright. It took in roughly half its budget in box office, in spite of its critical reception and praise from fellow directors such as Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Jason Reitman.
In November 2011, The Adventures of Tintin , directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and based on Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin was released. Wright co-wrote the film with writing partner Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat. The film also co-starred Wright's frequent collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The third instalment of the trilogy, The World's End , premiered in London on 10 July 2013. The film is about several friends who reunite when one decides to repeat a pub crawl they did 20 years earlier. They have to get to The World's End pub without ending up in the gutter to do this, but some unusual powers are at work and what happens to them may determine what happens to humans as a species.
Wright was developing a live-action film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Ant-Man with Joe Cornish since 2006.However, on 23 May 2014, Wright and Marvel Studios issued a joint statement announcing that Wright would exit the movie due to creative differences. According to Wright, he had been hired as writer-director but became unhappy when Marvel wanted to write a new script. In 2017, he said: "The most diplomatic answer is I wanted to make a Marvel movie but I don't think they really wanted to make an Edgar Wright movie ... having written all my other movies, that's a tough thing to move forward. Suddenly becoming a director for hire on it, you’re sort of less emotionally invested and you start to wonder why you’re there, really." He was replaced by Peyton Reed as director, with Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd rewriting the screenplay. He and Cornish received both screenplay and story credits, with Wright also credited as executive producer.
In July 2014, Wright announced that his next film would be Baby Driver . Wright has described the film as "kind of like a musical", and Deadline Hollywood described it as "a collision of crime, action, music, and sound". The film stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx.The film began production on 11 February 2016 in Atlanta, and was released on 28 June 2017. In June 2018, Edgar announced he would be making a documentary on the cult pop rock band Sparks. He had covered the band's concert in London in May at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. This concert would be included in the documentary. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2021 and was theatrically released in North America on June 18, 2021, by Focus Features.
In November 2015, it was announced that Wright would direct and co-write with David Walliams a DreamWorks Animation film centered on "the concept of shadows", that has been in development since 2010. Shadows, as the film was known, was to be Wright's animation directorial debut. The film has been in development for a long time, changing directors. Mark Dindal, who created the film's original story, was involved between 2010 and 2012, was replaced by Alessandro Carloni from 2012 to 2015, and Wright is slated to develop the film. Three drafts of script were written but the project is on hold due to staff changes at DreamWorks leaving it in limbo.
In January 2019, it was announced that his next film will be a horror thriller film set in London and inspired by movies such as Don't Look Now and Repulsion .In February 2019, it was revealed that the title was Last Night in Soho , with Anya Taylor-Joy attached to star. In February, Matt Smith and Thomasin McKenzie joined the cast. Other confirmed crew members include co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, editor Paul Machliss (who edited four episodes of Spaced in 2001 and all of Wright's films since Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Baby Driver production designer Marcus Rowland. The film was scheduled to be released on 25 September 2020 but was pushed back to 23 April 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, it was announced that Wright would be directing an adaptation of the book Set My Heart To Five by Simon Stephenson, who will be also writing the screenplay. The film follows an android dentist named Jared in the year 2054, as he undergoes an emotional awakening after he is introduced to the world of 80s and 90s movies. The film is also set to be produced by Working Title Films and Focus Features.
On 19 May 2020 it was announced that Wright has formed a production company with longtime collaborators Nira Park, Joe Cornish, and Rachel Prior called Complete Fiction. That same day, it was reported that the production company had inked a deal with Netflix to tackle adaptations of Lockwood & Co. , The Murders of Molly Southbourne , and The City of Brass . The production company is also set to produce another Netflix original series, albeit one that is under wraps and has several feature films in development with Working Title Films.
In June 2020, Deadline Hollywood reported that Wright would direct an adaptation of the 2019 novel The Chain by Adrian McKinty for Universal Pictures, with the screenplay written by Jane Goldman.
On February 19, 2021, Wright signed on to direct Paramount Pictures' new film adaptation of Stephen King's The Running Man , which will also serve as a remake of the 1987 film version. Wright and Michael Bacall will re-imagine the story for a new audience, with the latter writing the screenplay.
Other potential projects that Wright has developed include an expansion of his "Don't" fake trailer,adaptations of the TV series The Night Stalker , the book Grasshopper Jungle , and the book Fortunately, the Milk, as well as a sequel to Baby Driver.
|Recurring cast members|
|Actor||Dead Right (1993)||A Fistful of Fingers (1995)||Spaced (1999-2001)||Shaun of the Dead (2004)||Hot Fuzz (2007)||Don't (2007)||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)||The World's End (2013)||Baby Driver (2017)||The Sparks Brothers (2021)||Last Night in Soho (2021)|
Wright has stated in The Film That Changed My Life that the film that most influenced him was John Landis' An American Werewolf in London . Wright also mentioned Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II and the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona as films that made him want to be a director. When he met Raimi and told him so, Raimi joked to him, "Don't say that, you make me feel old."
In December 2007, Wright began guest programming at Repertory theatre the New Beverly Cinema following a sold-out screening of his films. He curated a two-week series of his favorite films dubbed "The Wright Stuff", hosting interviews with filmmakers and performers for each screening. The festival concluded with a double-bill of Evil Dead II and Raising Arizona.Wright returned for additional "The Wright Stuff" events in January 2011 and December 2011, the third series consisting of films Wright had been recommended by friends Bill Hader, Daniel Waters, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, John Landis and Joe Dante, but had never seen before. Wright's attempt to narrow the list based on public comment from visitors to his blog "produced another thousand suggestions." In August 2013, Wright programmed an additional double-feature series at the theater, "The World's End is Nigh", consisting of 12 movies that he called "stepping stones to our new movie" The World's End.
Wright is a friend of fellow director Garth Jennings, and made cameos in his films The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Son of Rambow and Sing . Jennings himself had cameos in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End.
While Wright is private about his political leanings, he has criticised former U.S. president Donald Trump on social media.In an interview talking about The World's End, he mentions how he intentionally creates satire that entertains both political sides.
|1995||A Fistful of Fingers||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Yes||Yes||No|
|2010||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin||No||Yes||No|
|2013||The World's End||Yes||Yes||Executive|
|2021||The Sparks Brothers||Yes||No||Yes||Documentary|
|Last Night in Soho||Yes||Yes||Yes||Post-production|
Executive producer only
|1995||A Fistful of Fingers||Cheesy voiceover artist and two-bit farmer|
|2004||Shaun of the Dead||Rabid Monkeys Newsreader, Prat-falling Zombie,|
Italian Restaurant Voice, Noel's Friend on phone
|2005||Land of the Dead||Photo booth zombie|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Deep Thought Technician||Uncredited|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Shelf Stacker and Dave||Uncredited voices|
|Son of Rambow||Metal Work Teacher|
|2013||The World's End||Construction worker||Uncredited voice|
|2017||Baby Driver||Background passerby||Uncredited|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Resistance soldier||Uncredited|
|1988||I Want to Get into the Movies||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Rolf Harris Saves the World||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Role: Rolf Harris (voice)|
|1993||Dead Right||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Role: The Director|
|2007||Don't||Yes||Yes||No||No||Fake trailer from Grindhouse|
|1996–1997||Mash and Peas||Yes||No||9 episodes|
|1998||Alexei Sayle's Merry-Go-Round||Yes||Yes||6 episodes|
|Is It Bill Bailey?||Yes||No||6 episodes|
|French and Saunders||Yes||No||Episode: "Titanic"|
|1999||Sir Bernard's Stately Homes||Yes||No||6 episodes|
|Murder Most Horrid||Yes||No||Episode: "Confessions of a Murderer"|
|1999–2001||Spaced||First Sleeping Ex-flatmate, Man on Tube Next to Daisy,|
Sounds of Despair tape
|2002–2005||Look Around You||Scientist, Eddie Yorque, Floor manager, Technician||7 episodes|
|2017||Tour de Pharmacy||Commentator||Television film|
|2019||DuckTales||Alistair Boorswan (voice)||Episode: "The Duck Knight Returns!"|
|2021||The Sparks Brothers||Himself||Documentary feature (directed by Wright)|
|2000||"Keep the Home Fires Burning"||The Bluetones|
|2003||"Psychosis Safari"||The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster|
|"Blue Song"||Mint Royale|
|2014||"Gust of Wind"||Pharrell Williams featuring Daft Punk|
|2019||Death Stranding||Thomas Southerland||Likeness only|
|2000||BAFTA Awards||Situation Comedy Award||Spaced||Nominated|
|2004||British Independent Film Awards||Best Screenplay||Shaun of the Dead||Won|
|Bram Stoker Awards||Screenplay||Won|
|2005||BAFTA Awards||Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best British Director||Nominated|
|ALFS Awards||Best Screenwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Breakthrough Filmmaker||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2008||Empire Awards||Best Director||Hot Fuzz||Nominated|
|2010||SDFCS Award||Best Adapted Screenplay||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2011||Empire Awards||Best Director||Won|
|Hugo Awards||Best Dramatic Presentation||Scott Pilgrim vs. the World||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America||Bradbury Award||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Adapted Screenplay||The Adventures of Tintin||Nominated|
|2012||Annie Awards||Writing in a Feature Production||Nominated|
|2014||Saturn Awards||Best Writing||The World's End||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best Director||Nominated|
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Best Director||Nominated|
|Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema||Won|
Spaced is a British television sitcom created, written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and directed by Edgar Wright, about the misadventures of Daisy Steiner and Tim Bisley, two twenty-something Londoners who, despite only having just met, decide to move in together after she gives up on squatting and he is kicked out by his ex-girlfriend. Supporting roles include Nick Frost as Tim's best friend Mike, Katy Carmichael as Daisy's best friend Twist, Mark Heap as lodger Brian who lives downstairs and Julia Deakin as landlady Marsha.
Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He came to public prominence in the UK as the co-creator of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright. He went on to co-write and star in the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He and Nick Frost wrote and starred in the sci-fi film Paul (2011).
Joseph Murray Cornish is an English comedian and filmmaker. With his long-time comedy partner, Adam Buxton, he forms the comedy duo Adam and Joe. In 2011, Cornish released his directorial debut Attack the Block. He also co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin with Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright, and Ant-Man, with Wright, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd.
Martin John Christopher Freeman is an English actor. Among other accolades, he has won an Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Working Title is a British film and television production company owned by Universal Pictures. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe in 1983. It produces feature films and several television productions. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan are now the co chairmen of the company.
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. The film was written by Wright and Simon Pegg, who stars in it as Shaun. Along with friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, Shaun is caught unaware by the zombie apocalypse; they attempt to take refuge in a local pub with their loved ones. The film co-stars Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton. It is the first instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013).
Paul Stephen Rudd is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer. He studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making his acting debut in 1992.
Nicholas John Frost is a British actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, painter and author. He has appeared in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the television comedy Spaced (1999–2001). He also appeared in Joe Cornish's film Attack the Block (2011). He co-starred in the 2011 film Paul, which he co-wrote with his frequent collaborator and best friend Simon Pegg. He also played various roles in the sketch show Man Stroke Woman. In 2020, he co-created and starred in a paranormal comedy horror series Truth Seekers with Pegg.
Nira Louise Park is a British television and film producer.
Hot Fuzz is a 2007 buddy cop action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote the script with Simon Pegg. Starring Pegg, Nick Frost and Jim Broadbent, the film centres on two police officers investigating a series of mysterious and gruesome deaths in a West Country village. It is the second and most successful film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, succeeding Shaun of the Dead (2004) and followed by The World's End (2013).
Hot Fuzz: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album to the 2007 British crime-comedy film, Hot Fuzz. The album was released on 19 February 2007 in the United Kingdom, and on 17 April 2007 in the United States and Canada. The UK release contains 22 tracks, and the US/Canada release has 14.
The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy is an anthology series of British comedic genre films directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, produced by Nira Park, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The trilogy consists of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013).
The World's End is a 2013 science fiction comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. The film follows five friends who return to their hometown to reattempt an epic pub crawl they failed twenty-three years earlier, only to discover the town is in the midst of an alien invasion.
Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name: Scott Lang and Hank Pym. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 12th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Peyton Reed from a screenplay by the writing teams of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, and Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. It stars Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man alongside Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. In the film, Lang must help defend Pym's Ant-Man shrinking technology and plot a heist with worldwide ramifications.
Baby Driver is a 2017 action film written and directed by Edgar Wright. It stars Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver seeking freedom from a life of crime with his girlfriend Debora. Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal appear in supporting roles. Eric Fellner and his Working Title Films partner Tim Bevan produced Baby Driver in association with Big Talk Productions' Nira Park. Sony and TriStar Pictures handled commercial distribution of the film. Baby Driver was financed through a partnership between TriStar and MRC.
Ant-Man is the film score for the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man. The score was composed by Christophe Beck. Hollywood Records released the album digitally on July 17, 2015, and in physical formats on August 7, 2015.
Scott Lang is a character portrayed by Paul Rudd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and known commonly by his alter ego, Ant-Man. As of 2019, the character is a prominent figure of the MCU, having appeared in four films from his introduction in Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame, with references to the character or snippets of archival footage appearing in other films. Lang will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as well as the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.
Last Night in Soho is an upcoming British psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright, with a screenplay by Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, from a story by Wright. The film stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Rita Tushingham and Terence Stamp. The film will mark the final film appearances for Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who died in September and October 2020, respectively.
The following is a list of unproduced Edgar Wright projects in roughly chronological order. During his career, British film director Edgar Wright has worked on a number of projects which never progressed beyond the pre-production stage under his direction. Some of these projects fell in development hell, were officially canceled, were in development limbo or would see life under a different production team.
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