It’s been shooting for two and a half weeks, and now we know what it is, what it’s about and who is behind it. Simon Pegg’s current project is a UK-set picture called A Fantastic Fear of Everything. For some reason, its producers are describing it as a “psycho-comedy”.
The official plot blurb is a good deal more revealing:
Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
Jack? Victorian serial killers? Really? Let’s see if it does go there…
Also in the cast are Amara Karan, Clare Higgins and Sheridan Smith. The film is being directed by Crispian Mills and Chris Hopewell, and Mills wrote the screenplay.
You may remember Mills as the frontman of the band Kula Shaker, or as the son of Hayley Mills and Roy Boulting. Hopewell, meanwhile, was one half of Collison Films and through that company made some animation, FX and design-led music videos, the best of which really aren’t bad at all.
I’d be very surprised if Hopewell’s involvement doesn’t signify some animated or FX heavy sequences in the film.
Fantastic Fear, as I imagine we’ll all be calling it before long, is the first film backed by Pinewood Films, the new finance initiative from Pinewood Studios. Could the UK be taking its first tentative steps towards having a full and lasting, US-style film studio? Only time will tell, but that would certainly be a very good thing for filmmakers born under these skies.