EXCLUSIVE: There probably won’t be as much drinking and smoking as he’s done on UK TV, but Dylan Moran has closed a deal that could see him on American TV in the not-to-distant future. The BAFTA-winning Irish comic has signed an agreement with ABC Studios to create and write a pilot for him to star in for ABC, Deadline has learned. This would be Moran’s inaugural move into television on this side of the Atlantic. The details of the deal also have Moran producing the half hour pilot and series if they are ordered. The star and co-writer of the 2000-04 Channel 4 series Black Books in the UK, Moran has also appeared in the 2004 Edgar Wright-directed Shaun of the Dead and with Shaun star Simon Pegg again in 2007’s Run Fatboy Run. He’ll next be seen in the John Michael McDonagh-directed upcoming black comedy Calvary with Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd and Harry Potter’s Brendan Gleeson. Moran will be touring the States next month with a new stand-up routine. Dylan Moran is repped by Kirsten Ames Management in the U.S., PBJ Management in the UK and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein.
Comic-Con Q&A With Edgar Wright: How Working Title Partner Eric Fellner’s Health Scare Put ‘The World’s End’ Before Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’
Edgar Wright came to San Diego with cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to show the Comic-Con crowd The World’s End, the final installment of a trilogy of films that began with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. The trio greeted a raucous crowd that had spent about 12 hours or more camped outside the theater to get an early glimpse at the Working Title-produced comedy that Focus Features bows August 23. Wright took a few minutes to talk with Deadline.
DEADLINE: You had the Hall H crowd at the Marvel panel frothing last year when you took the stage and showed cutting-edge footage of Ant-Man, which Marvel hopes will launch a new superhero franchise. The crowd loved seeing the protagonist going from microscopic to full size. But you pushed that movie and came to San Diego with The World’s End. How did that happen?
WRIGHT: I had a chance to do Ant-Man in 2011. Simon was busy with three franchises, if you count Tin-Tin along with Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. We had the story down and it was in the back of my mind that if we didn’t do this film soon it might never happen, and we owed it to the fans. But then something else happened. [Working Title partner] Eric Fellner was diagnosed with cancer. When I found out about that, I’d literally just finished another screenplay for him and it was on delivery that he told me. He has given me permission to tell this story. That changed everything. Eric was our knight in shining armor on Shaun Of The Dead. That film was in turnaround, developed by Film 4 and they’d gone bust. Lots of other British companies had passed on it. Working Title, ironically the biggest British company, came in and saved the day. He wanted us to do another film together; we’d even done the deal for it. When I found out he was ill, one of many emotions I felt was, if we didn’t make this film, and something terrible happened, I would never forgive myself on not making good on my promise to do it. I wanted Eric to see this movie.
DEADLINE: What did you do?
WRIGHT: Me and Simon began writing it the very next week; in fact, we wrote it in Eric’s office in Beverly Hills. He was having chemo and said, please take my office, do it there. We wanted to make the film anyway, but it became a very personal thing. The happy news is, we’ve made it, he loves it and he’s got a clean bill of health. He came out of that ordeal and went straight into a tough period where he made Les Miserables and our film. It informed the movie script. The film is about regrets and these guys saying, I’ve got to do this thing. That sentiment became personal. To Marvel’s credit, when I went to see them to tell them to their face I wanted to do Ant-Man but that I wasn’t doing it next, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito said they understood. We’ll see you in a couple years, they said.
Fantasia Fest 2013 Lines Up Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End,’ ‘The Conjuring,’ Lloyd Kaufman’s ‘Return To Nuke ‘Em High’
The annual Fantasia Film Festival held in Montreal has announced its first wave of 2013 titles and closing night film, Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. The British comedy will make its Canadian debut at the fest which runs July 18-August 6 showcasing international features, special events, conferences, and its second annual genre co-production market. Focus Features releases The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in an unofficial follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, on August 23. The fest will also screen WB‘s horror hit hopeful The Conjuring on Opening Night. This year’s edition features a special three-night live theater engagement of Clive Barker’s play A History of the Devil and will honor Polish filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski (Possession, La Femme Publique, L’amour Braque) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s the first wave of Fantasia Fest 2013 programming with more TBA:
Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (Canadian Premiere)
Fantasia 2013 will come wildly to a close on the night of August 6 with the Canadian premiere of UK filmmaker Edgar Wright’s hotly anticipated apocalyptic comedy THE WORLD’S END, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike and Martin Freeman.
Clive Barker’s A History of the Devil
Fantasia will again be delving into the realm of live theatre with a special three-night engagement of Title 66 Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Clive Barker’s play, A HISTORY OF THE DEVIL. An epic show to stage, HISTORY weaves a tale told across thousands of years over the span of a near-three-hour running time. Director Jeremy Michael Segal and his team have created a macabre mounting that writhes with visual invention and primal acrobatics of performance.
The team behind genre comedies Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz has reunited for sci-fi romp The World’s End. Edgar Wright directs Simon Pegg and Nick Frost along with Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike in the story of childhood friends who come together after 20 …
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has officially greenlighted The World’s End, the third film in director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that began with 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Wright is currently in pre-production on the film, which will begin shooting this October in the UK
Pegg wrote the script with Wright and once again stars with Frost. Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Pictures. Here Deadline can unveil the teaser poster (at right) made for Comic-Con.
The film Attack the Block makes its debut at South By Southwest at a March 12 midnight screening. It is produced by Edgar Wright and first-time director Joe Cornish (who worked with Wright on Tin Tin) and has an ensemble cast that features Nick Frost. Here is the new trailer: