Audiences got their first look at the upcoming comedy Paul when the international trailer debuted in October, and, a month later, more promotional items have made their way online. Empire recently released a couple photos from the the movie, which follows Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two sci-fi geeks on a road trip of America who encounter an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen).
The first photo shows Pegg hiding from an FBI agent (Bill Hader), while the other photo shows most of the cast (Pegg, Frost, Kristen Wiig, and Blythe Danner) and Paul under, presumably, the lights of a spacecraft. While it's clear that Paul looks like an extraterrestrial, Frost revealed that the intention is for audiences to disregard his appearance. Paul's just "one of the gang" >> Posted 11.12.10 by Ryan
The international teaser trailer for Paul is now online, providing the first look at the upcoming comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The movie follows Pegg and Frost as two sci-fi geeks who encounter an alien and attempt to escape the authorities as they find try to find their new friend a way home.
The British actors, known for their work together in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, wrote Paul. They have admitted to a strong Steven Spielberg influence in the movie, revealing that Greg Mottola was "Spielberging it up" on the set. Watch the trailer >> Posted 10.18.10 by Ryan
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have taken on zombie and action movies with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, respectively, but the duo are going sci-fi with their upcoming comedy, Paul. The comedy sees Pegg and Frost as two British comic book geeks who travel across America and discover an alien named, appropriately, Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen), near Area 51. Pegg told Collider that he and Frost, who both wrote the movie, came up with the idea while working on Shaun of the Dead. Paul gets "Spielberged up" >> Posted 07.18.10 by Ryan
The plot of the upcoming Paul hasn't exactly been an Inception-like mystery. The comedy stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two British comic book geeks who drive cross country and encounter an alien near Area 51. However, while it's not exactly a movie that requires an official synopsis, news on the movie has been rather thin so far this year, so we'll take it. So what's it all about, then? >> Posted 07.09.10 by Ryan
Simon Pegg is set to make horror funny again. THR reports that the Shaun of the Dead star has joined the black comedy Burke and Hare, which follows William Burke and William Hare, two 19th-century grave robbers and murderers who got rich selling the corpses of their victims. Andy Serkis will play Hare, Pegg will play Burke. The movie is not a remake of 1971's Burke and Hare, which played the events for more dramatic effect.
Also joining the cast are Isla Fisher as Helen, Pegg's mistress and supposed accomplice to the murders, and Tom Wilkinson, who will play an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses.
Burke and Hare was penned by St Trinian's writers Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, and will serve as John Landis' return to directing after more than 10 years. The An American Werewolf in London director's last feature was Blues Brothers 2000.
Pegg has been using his Twitter account to update fans of the movie's progress, which has already begun rehearsals.
1st day of Burke & Hare rehearsals at Ealing Studios where I once held off a legion of zombies with an old Winchester rifle. Happy days.
Pegg has been busy finishing up the comedy Paul, about two comic book geeks who meet an alien while driving across America, as well as meeting with Burke and Hare cast.
Just had the Burke & Hare read thru. Great cast. Some lovely unannounced surprises to come. Stay tuned for them. There will be squeeeeees.
Now doing PaulADR [additional digital recording]. Have been a Regency period multiple murderer and a contemporary Alien befriending super nerd in one day. Not a bad day.
Burke and Hare starts shooting at the end of the month in Edinburgh and London. Posted 01.28.10 by Ryan
Nick Frost wasn't doing much acting before he met Simon Pegg, who included him in his TV show Spaced and has collaborated with him on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming Paul, a movie about two British comic book geeks (Frost and Pegg) who encounter an alien near Area 51. Unlike their previous collaborations, Paul has Greg Mottola at the helm rather than Edgar Wright, though Frost told Movieline the trio is not breaking up.
It kind of felt like we were cheating on each other, but in a good way — a kind of sexy, duplicitous way. It's good for us all to go off and do other things. Obviously, we'll get back together. People enjoy the stuff that Simon and I do, but I think they get bored of us.
Paul is also the first movie that Frost has co-written with Pegg, though he says it's been planned for years.
Simon and I were really big fans of [Steven] Spielberg, and really big fans of The X-Files, as well. We kind of had the idea for Paul when we were shooting Shaun of the Dead, so it's taken quote a while to actually make it. We were shooting the scene in the garden when we were throwing the record at the zombies, and our producer said, "So what do you want to do after this?" And we just kind of came up with an answer on spec, and lo and behold, we made it a few years later.
Frost and Pegg got to be more than just fans of Spielberg in their other upcoming project, both actors got to work with Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Spielberg's first animated movie. The process was a scary one for Frost.
It was really terrifying, since I've only been an actor for eight years. I was a waiter before that for quite a long time. Going from someone who didn't really want to be an actor to working with Steven Spielberg was a heck of a leap. I felt like a five-year-old boy going to college, if you know what I mean. I don't really remember going to high school that much, but I remember watching Close Encounters for the first time as an eleven-year-old and thinking, "F**king hell, this is amazing." Being on set with him and he knows your name, and when he's happy with a take he does a little dance ... it's a great way to work.
Spielberg has never used the motion-capture technique used to create Tintin, though Frost says Spielberg learned quickly.
I think he was basically learning as he went along, but his rate of learning and a normal human's rate of learning is a lot different. Most of the time, he shot it like you would any other movie. He would actually operate the camera a lot of the time — he was very hands-on. The way we shot it, it kind of felt like rehearsing a play, because we were doing long takes in a room with four or five other actors in gray suits. It felt a little bit like we were in the Actor's Studio.
Paul is scheduled for release sometime in 2010, while The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opens December 23, 2011. Posted 11.16.09 by Ryan
There hasn't been much word regarding Simon Pegg's newest film, Paul, about two British slackers who decide to go to Area 51 in search of aliens after a trip to Comic-Con only to discover an actual alien. There's been one still released, which doesn't really show very much, and actor Jason Bateman talked about getting a gift from his Paul co-stars, but that's about it.
Apparently, even Pegg is aware of the lack of news, because he recently offered an update to his fans in the forum of his web-site.
Thought you might like to hear how things are going on the Paul front. It's been a while since we wrapped now and with the absence of Lance B's video blogs, I guess things must seem to have gone very quiet. Rest assured the good (space)ship Paul is progressing apace. Our venerable and brilliant director Greg Mottola [Superbad], is currently ensconced in an edit suite in NYC with Oscar winning editor, Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire ... and Spaced, Shaun and Fuzz), putting together the first pre f/x cut. The next phase of the process will see Greg and Chris continue to hone and cut the movie and will of course entail the complex process of bringing Paul himself to life, combining the efforts of ace f/x wizards, Double Negative and further work with The Green Hornet himself, Mr. Seth Rogen. Rest assured all is going well and we're all very excited. More news of a kind as we encounter it.
Paul also stars Sigourney Weaver, Bill Hader, Blythe Danner, Jane Lynch and Rogen as the voice of Paul. Posted 11.07.09 by BrentJS