Edgar Wright’s 2004 zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead almost got a vampire sequel called From Dusk Till Shaun, but here’s why it never happened. A critical and commercial smash, Shaun of the Dead made multiple careers, most notably its stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and its director Wright. Billing itself as a rom-zom-com, Shaun of the Dead functioned both as a hilarious tribute to the classics of zombie cinema, and a terrific, genuinely emotional zombie story in its own right.
The trio of Pegg, Frost, and Wright would of course reunite again for the two other installments in their thematically similar Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, 2007’s Hot Fuzz and 2013’s The World’s End. Those films, a send-up of buddy cop movies and sci-fi disaster flicks, respectively, also proved highly successful with both critics and audiences. It remains to be seen whether the trio will ever team for another Cornetto movie, but there’s no doubt fans would love it.
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However, while the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy doesn’t directly connect on a narrative level, it turns out there was at one point a consideration of making a Shaun of the Dead 2. This sequel would’ve featured vampires instead of zombies, but sadly, it looks unlikely to ever become a reality.
Shaun of the Dead 2: Why The Vampire Sequel Never Happened
The prospect of a Shaun of the Dead sequel, possibly titled From Dusk Till Shaun, was first brought up on the film’s DVD commentary track. While it seemed like a joke, that didn’t stop fans from wishing it would get made, although sadly, no movement on the project ever happened. However, a 2017 interview saw Simon Pegg, who co-wrote Shaun of the Dead with Wright, reveal that he had in fact written a treatment for Shaun of the Dead 2, and that Wright had mentioned thinking it would be funny to essentially recreate the vibe of Shaun with vampires and the same cast.
As for why From Dusk Till Shaun never happened, it’s primarily thanks to two very reasonable concerns had by Pegg and Wright. The first was that both thought Shaun of the Dead worked great as a standalone story, and didn’t want to risk tarnishing that with a follow-up. The second was that they believed two many important characters died in Shaun to make a sequel workable, and considering Nick Frost’s Ed was one of the casualties, they may well have been right in that belief. For now, and seemingly forever, Shaun of the Dead 2 remains just a pipe dream.
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