When asked to simply describe this new comedy, the filmmaker gave a succinct response.
"It's a boy's night out movie gone wrong."
While the first two movies in his Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) do not share the same type of story line, Edgar Wright revealed they are all connected in theme.
"We have tried to make them like a thematic trilogy. Because Hot Fuzz is slightly different from Shaun but they share aspects, and this too. They're all different stories with different characters but they have thematic similarities that me and Simon are slightly obsessed with. But Shaun was about where we live - our neighborhood in North London. And then Hot Fuzz was about going back home. Home for me and Simon in terms of a small town. But this one is about looking backwards. It's more nostalgic. I think a lot about my adolescence and my teenage years and things I'd do differently. I have grand fantasies of going back in time and doing things better. Back to when I was 15 or 16. So there's an element of that - whether it's healthy to look or go backwards. That's kind of what the theme of the film is."
The director also gave us more context in regards to the above photo. He revealed that the map is the same one Gary had as a teenager, when they only made it to nine of the 12 pubs on the list, and also shared the inspiration behind Simon Pegg's distinct look.
"That's his map of the pubs in Newton Haven, which he had as a teenager. You can see on the map that nine pubs are crossed out because when they were teenagers they only got through nine of the 12 pubs. And he's kept that map. Simon went through a goth phase. If you've read Simon's autobiography there are pictures of him as an Echo and the Bunnymen/Sisters of Mercy fan. And he did dye his hair black, so we thought that was a way to make him look distinctly different. The funny thing is I think he kind of pulls it off. He doesn't look too tragic to me."
What still isn't quite clear about The World's End is the supernatural threat these old friends face while drinking themselves into a stupor. The director said he still wishes to keep that aspect of the plot a mystery.
"I don't know. The reason that you do that is so people can enjoy the film more. It's not that there are major twists. I always feel there are some films that I wish I'd seen cold, so I'd love to try and retain a little bit of mystery. That said it really is what we say it's about in the synopsis. The synopsis is not a smokescreen. It really is about five friends reuniting to try and recreate their pub crawl. That wasn't a diversion tactic. That really is what the film's about. But the film's eight months from coming out so it's pointless blowing everything now."
When it's all said and done, Edgar Wright believes his trilogy is really about growing up.
"Hopefully they might work like Michael Apted's 7 Up series. And if you factor Michael Apted into it as well, you'll see us getting older. But they have different concerns. I think this one is our way of wrapping up, with some finality, the man-child aspect of the series. There's an element within all of the movies that's about growing up. Shaun has to grow up to be a hero. In Hot Fuzz, Nick Angel has to dumb down to Danny's level to save the day. And with this one I wanted to do something where... there's a lot of American comedies in the last 10 years that have been about man children or dealing with responsibility. But I feel that they never get too deep under the surface. They bring up some aspects but don't delve into them very deeply. And I think here we tried to skewer those movies in a sense."
The World's End was released August 23rd, 2013 and stars Thomas Law, Zachary Bailess, Jasper Levine, James Tarpey, Luke Bromley, Sophie Evans, Samantha White, Rose Reynolds. The film is directed by Edgar Wright.