The future is in the stars for iconic comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
According to Deadline, Orion Pictures is moving forward with the horror pitch Svalta courtesy of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Miles Ketley’s Stolen Picture banner. Here is how the site breaks down the story:
“The story follows a family on their summer vacation to a remote Swedish island where they discover a serial killer is on the loose, but the locals have no interest in helping the stranded family of tourists. The title is taken from the name of the fictional island.”
The trio of Pegg, Frost and Ketley are producing the flick. Additionally, Frost is co-writing the screenplay with James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders. Dan Kagan is overseeing the project on behalf of Orion.
Orion Pictures President John Hegeman said the project already reflects the singular sensibilities of the iconic collaborators behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End:
“We are unbelievably excited to be partnering with Simon, Nick and Miles on Svalta. The story is scary, awesome and crazy, and their unique voice is perfect for this movie. We can’t wait to bring this to the big screen with them.”
It should be mentioned that Edgar Wright, who directed as well as co-created those films alongside Pegg and Frost, is not associated with Svalta. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pegg and Frost’s historic partnership, which took off in 1999 when they met on the set of the British sitcom Spaced (also co-created and directed by Wright). The pair founded Stolen Picture in May of 2017 and fittingly “stole” their CEO Miles Ketley from the indie production company Bad Wolf.
Also coming down the pike from Stolen Picture is an adaptation of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London and Truth Seekers, a comedy horror series about paranormal conspiracy.
What do you make of Svalta? Are you excited to check it out? Or are you too disappointed in the fact that Frost and Pegg aren’t starring in the film? Jump down to the comments below and let me know how you feel about this story!