For those of you who haven’t yet watched the trailer for A Fantastic Fear Of Everything, better get on it. I can tell you it’s odd, absurd and completely crazy, but I don’t think I’ll have even described half of what this upcoming British film is going to be like. It is true that everything is pointed towards the mental direction from the start. Besides, this is a project that brings music video director Chris Hopewell together with rocker Crispian Mills, weird-lovin’-criminal Simon Pegg and the most versatile British actor that we have ever known, Paul Freeman.
The film is written and directed by Crispian Mills (aka frontman of Kula Shaker) and Chris Hopewell (the man behind numerous music videos from Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and Louis XIV) is co-directing. A Fantastic Fear Of Everything began shooting in July 2011 at Shepperton Studios and is now at post-production stage. It will be released by Universal Pictures in the UK and most likely Indomina in the US. Release date has been set for June 8, 2012.
Although low-budget, this is definitely not going to be a simple story to tell. This is the tale of a children’s author who has recently turned into a crime novelist and has increasingly become more and more obsessed with murders. Paranoid that he is constantly stalked by serial killers, he gradually loses his mind.
Dark, absurd, and very much a comedy. Whoever has seen Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul or used to watch Spaced on TV, knows exactly what Simon Pegg stands for. This is expected to be yet another successful mixture of comedy and horror, together with some surreal animation, as the protagonist’s children books are said to be coming into life every now and again.
Paul Freeman has taken on the role of Dr. Friedkin, Clare Higgins is Clair, Amara Karan is Sangeet and Kerry Shale is Harvey Humphries. Simon Pegg’s character, Jack, is expected to go through quite the traumatic change in his career after he decides to shift from children’s literature to crime novels and sees that his research for his new genre pushes him down very different, dangerous paths. A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is titled as such for the simple reason that it brings this central character up against his worst fears, the most bizarre characters imaginable, his frightening romantic relationships and of course, his neighbourhood’s spooky laundrette.