British director known for works such as for example 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the Globe and 2004’s Shaun from the Deceased. He also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s 2011 cartoon feature The Activities of Tintin. His feature debut was a traditional western spoof known as A Fistful of Fingertips in 1994. From 1998 to 2001, he caused Simon Pegg on it series Spaced. He started dating celebrity Anna Kendrick once they met around the group of Scott Pilgrim vs. the Globe but they split up in 2013. He also dated Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. He aimed the 2007 actions/comedy Warm Fuzz starring Nick Frost.
Full Name Edgar Wright
Date Of Birth April 18, 1974
Place Of Birth Poole, England
Height 1.7 m
Education The Arts University College at Bournemouth
Awards Empire Award for Best Director, British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay, Empire Inspiration Award, Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best British Film, Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film, British Academy Television Award for Best Scripted Comedy, Shorty Award for Director
Movies Shaun of the Dead, Ant-Man, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World's End, Baby Driver, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, A Fistful of Fingers, Grindhouse, Dead Right, Land of the Dead, Straight 8
Dropped out of the director's position for Ant-Man (2015), after developing the film for over 10 years, due to creative differences between himself and Marvel Studios. He is still credited as screenwriter and story writer.
Has said that he directed one single shot of Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) during the scene featuring the Klingons on Kronos while being uncredited for that shot.
Despite the fact that they contain numerous fantasy elements, his films are heavily autobiographical. For example, a number of the characters, events, and dramatic situations in The World's End (2013) are directly based on people he knew and his own personal experiences.
He is known for asking for many takes during filming, and has been referred to by frequent collaborator Simon Pegg as a "perfectionist" (in a complimentary way).
On most of his films, there are certain special features; such as a trivia track that runs with the movie, a scene of the movie with the characters voices dubbed, and a hand drawn easter egg of some sort.
Here's a funny thing. My mum's a big conspiracy theorist and when I was younger, in that way when you automatically take the opposite view to your parents because you're a sullen and idiotic teenager, when my mother would come out with wild conspiracies about our hometown, I would just, like, formally reject it. She had so many stories of, like, conspiracy - and some of them very real in terms of corruption and gangsters, and some of them a lot more fanciful, like the idea that there might be unicorns and aliens in Glastonbury Tor. But when I was writing Hot Fuzz (2007), I said to my mother, "I want you to write down all the stories that you heard about our town and give it to me." [The result] A fifty page document called "Spooky Doings". I think she was so happy that I'd embraced the conspiracy theorist in her.
I've always been fascinated by horror films and genre films. And horror films harbored a fascination for me and always have been something I've wanted to watch and wanted to make. Equally, I'm very fascinated by comedy. I suppose the reason that [An American Werewolf in London (1981)] changed my life is that very early on in my film-watching experiences, I saw a film that was so sophisticated in its tone and what it managed to achieve.
In terms of, like, the homaging and spoofing and stuff, I mean, obviously... it's weird 'cause, like, I mean, there are homages and there are kind of, like, skits on things, but I think the sensory joke with Spaced (1999) and the reason that I think it kinda has a charm to it... It's kinda the point of it is not so much that, "Hey, let's do, like, a five minute rip on The Matrix (1999)." -- It's the fact that the characters are so, kind of, like... their lives are so governed by pop culture and media and stuff that they can only think in those terms. So if somebody's having a... breakup with their girlfriend, they imagine it to have the same crushing kind of... feeling as the ending of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Everything that I've done so far has had a bigger budget than the last, but I've never ever felt the benefit of the bigger budget because the ideas always exceed the budget.
I think it's good to have pressure on yourself. The worst crime is to get kind of really complacent. Me and Simon worked really hard on the script and we kind of beat ourselves up and we're very kind of hypercritical, and so it's good to have pressure. I mean it was weird in terms of when we made Shaun of the Dead (2004). There wasn't really that much expectation about us making a film. There was from people who liked our TV show, but you know we could kind of do it under the radar and this time it was a bit different. Even just filming it on location was kind of interesting because you'd have people watching the entire time.
There were zombie films prior to George [George A. Romero], but he pretty much invented the cannibalistic aspect. What we now think of as zombies really are Romero zombies.
[on Spaced (1999)] It's a show by geeks, for geeks.
His characters often share his love of action movies and video games
Pivotal scenes that take place in a bar or pub
A recurring gag where a fence jump goes wrong
Deadpan humor in fast-paced moments
[Parody] Every film (and episode of Spaced (1999) (TV series)) is a parody of a certain genre or film (Shaun of the Dead (2004) parodies zombie horror, Hot Fuzz (2007) parodies police action-adventures, etc.).
Repeated lines or snippets of dialogue for comedic effect
Fast action style editing, usually of mundane tasks, including whip pans and crash zooms.