'Dead' Team's 'Hot Fuzz' Goes Rogue


After conquering zombies, the folks that brought you "Shaun of the Dead" are on the cop comedy beat with "Hot Fuzz."

Rogue Pictures announced Wednesday (April 12) that it will reteam with Working Title and Big Talk to domestically distribute the action comedy starring "Shaun's" Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as British police officers.

Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is one of London's finest, so much so that his colleagues pale in comparison and are green with envy. He receives a dubious promotion to quiet Sandford, a village where the only action is garden parties and neighborhood watch meetings.

Angel feels his services are wasted until a series of grisly "accidents" points to foul play in this fair neighborhood. With his bumbling, but good-natured partner Danny Butterman (Frost), Angel swoops down to crack the case wide open.

Joining the police pals in this action comedy is "Underworld" actor Bill Nighy, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" star Martin Freeman, Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Steve Coogan ("Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story"), former 007 Timothy Dalton, Paddy Considine ("In America"), Paul Freeman ("Raiders of the Lost Ark"), Anne Reid ("Wallace & Gromit in A Close Shave"), Billie Whitelaw ("Twisted Nerve"), Stuart Wilson ("The Mask of Zorro") and Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer").

"Shaun" helmer Edgar Wright will direct from his own screenplay, co-written by Pegg. Also reprising their "Shaun" duties is Natascha Wharton as executive producer and Nira Park and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers.

"We're delighted to once again be joining creative forces with Rogue Pictures and Working Title on what's going to be a very exciting and very funny film," says Park. "With 'Hot Fuzz,' were going to give the police action genre the same treatment we gave the living dead!"

Shooting began in mid-March in North London and Wells and is scheduled to wrap up in June.

"Shaun of the Dead," a rom zom com (romantic zombie comedy), became a 2004 award-winning sleeper hit with both horror and comedy fans. Pegg will next be seen opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible III," out May 5, while Frost appears in the British comedy "Kinky Boots," in select cities beginning Friday, April 14.

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