Fans of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – and their celebrated Cornetto trilogy – have been chomping at the bit for any new details about their upcoming project, Slaughterhouse Rulez.
The film will mark the dynamic duo’s first major on-screen collaboration since 2013’s The World’s End (though they’ve both been wildly productive on a multitude of individual projects).
Details have been slowly leaking about about the film, but in a recent interview with Digital Trends, Pegg revealed a bit of information about the “big bad” of the story:
“It’s going to be really fun. It’s a sort of a horror comedy. It felt like the right thing for Nick and I to have as our first collaboration with Stolen Picture. It’s about a private school in the U.K. which sells off parts of its land to a fracking company, and the fracking company then unleashes a subterranean monster that terrorizes the school. It’s a big metaphor for the U.K. privatizing things, and it’s mixed up with some ridiculous, sloppy horror. So it’s right up our street.”
A plot summary via ComingSoon.net states “Slaughterhouse Rulez follows Don Wallace, a lad from a modest background who must somehow navigate the tricky halls of Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where young men and women are groomed for power. With sadistic sixth formers enforcing tough rules and arcane rituals, status is strictly observed. Until that is, a controversial fracking operation on school grounds unearths an unspeakable horror and the pecking order must be put aside as pupils, teachers and the school matron face a bloody battle to survive.”
Slaughterhouse Rulez is directed by Crispin Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything) who co-wrote with newcomer Henry Fitzherbert. The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and Jo Hartley (This is England).
Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) will play the Slaughterhouse newcomer, Don Wallace.
The film will be released theatrically in the UK on September 7, 2018.
Slaughterhouse Rulez will mark the first film from Stolen Picture, a film and TV production company founded by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The pair have also been attached to an upcoming TV series called Truthseekers, which “revolves around a team of paranormal investigators looking into a new case of the unexplained in each episode”.
Variety has recently reported that Stolen Picture have launched a new initiative to work with up-and-coming writers on projects geared towards young adults. They reportedly already have two new series in development.
From Variety: “The first project from the Righta Incubator initiative, We Never Sleep, is a detective comedy-thriller that will tackle bullying, justice, morality, mental health and post-Brexit small-town life. Chemistry, the second project, is a fast-paced genre hybrid that will pose questions about what it means to be human as the show follows protagonists on the run for their survival.”
Evidently, these lads like to keep busy.