With Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ done and dusted and Paul failing to produce any sequels, it has been anybody’s guess as to when and where we’d see Nick Frost and Simon Pegg teaming up again. Well, according to Deadline, the Shaun of the Dead duo have formed a new film and TV production banner called Stolen Picture, and its first project will see them getting back in on the horror-comedy game! Huzzah!
Entitled Slaughterhouse Rulez, the first film from Stolen Picture is set in an elite boarding school, and will be directed by former Kula Shaker frontman (look ‘em up, Millennials) Crispian Mills, who’s only other directorial credit was the disappointing Pegg vehicle A Fantastic Fear of Everything.
Welcome to Slaughterhouse – where boys are girls are groomed for power and greatness and they’re about to meet their match. The story’s hero, Don Wallace, is a wide-eyed new boy from a modest background forced to navigate a baffling new world of arcane rules and rituals, presided by sadistic sixth formers. Matters of status are aggressively enforced and conversation with school goddess Clemsie, are strictly forbidden.
But this ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations – literally – and when a controversial frack site on prize school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole and an unspeakable horror is unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as pupils, teachers and the school matron become locked in a bloody battle for survival.
Recent years may have seen Pegg acting like just another Hollywood dick, but something about working with Frost (a partnership stretching back to cult sitcom Spaced and beyond) always seems to drag him back to Earth, and this fresh endeavour could well see the pair at their best.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)