Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – of Shaun of the Dead fame – are set to play two ghost hunters in a new TV show.
The pair originally rose to prevalence with the trippy sitcom Spaced, created by the mercurial Edgar Wright, and since then have taken Hollywood by storm.
Frost and Pegg earned a lifetime of goodwill from the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Hotfuzz, so much so that people didn’t hold the passable The World’s End or the terrible Paul against them and the two have built on that for a long time.
Simon Pegg himself seems to be in just about every film made as a secondary character at moment, while Nick Frost sticks more to plucky British comedies, but the two work best when they can riff off each other with a supernatural element thrown into the mix.
That’s why it’s fantastic news to hear that the team is getting back together again for a ghost-hunting TV series.
That’s right, if all goes to plan, we’ll be getting a lot more than just two hours of them fighting spectres.
As Variety have it, Amazon Prime are behind the new series, where Frost and Pegg play Gus and Dave, who “team up to uncover and film paranormal sightings across the UK.”
Variety’s description for the show reads:
“They stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals using an array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos and share their adventures on an online channel. Their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, terrifying, and even deadly as the pair begin to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the entire human race.”
I mean it sounds pretty fun, right?
On a personal level, I’d be a bit disappointed if the series was made with a found-footage style like “share their adventures on an online channel” implies.
Similarly, “a conspiracy that could threaten the entire human race” seems a bit much. Obviously I don’t know anything about this show, but not everything needs to be world-threatening. Why can’t the two just take on different ghosts in each episode, with them being self-contained stories? Nothing wrong with small-scale quests, and sometimes they’re more refreshing.
Production for the show is set to start in September of this year, and while there’s no word on when we could expect to watch it, eight 30-minute long episodes have apparently been ordered.
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