Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English film and television director and writer. He is most famous for his work with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the TV series Spaced, and for directing the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and co-writing Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat.

The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy

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 great success both critically and financially, and its rooting in American genre cinema helped to make it a transatlantic 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 (more popularly known as “The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy”) due to a running joke about the British Ice Cream product Cornetto and its effectiveness as a hangover cure.

The second installment was the comedy action thriller Hot Fuzz. Production started in March 2006 and the film was released in February 2007 in the UK and April 2007 in the US. 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.

The third installment carries the tentative title of The World’s End.

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First Published: May 5, 2012  –  Last Updated: Jan 27, 2013