Edgar Wright is a multiple award-winning director best known for his creation and directing of comedy series and films. This producer, screenwriter, and talented English director began creating short films before delving into feature films. He is best known for his work on the comedy series Aslyum and the situational comedy, Spaced. Other movies to his credit include Shaun of the Dead, the trilogy Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Adventures of Tintin, Ant-Man, and so many others.
The world of entertainment is vast and is open to numerous possibilities for those who know how to tap into them. Edgar is also a music video director with credit for music videos such as The Bluetones’ “Keep the Home Fires Burning” (2000), The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster’s “Psychosis Safari” (2002), Mint Royale’s “Blue Song” (2002), Pharrell Williams‘ “Gust of Wind” (2014).
Who Is Edgar Wright?
Edgar Wright was born 18 April 1974 in Poole, Dorset but grew up in the cathedral city of Wells, Somerset, England into the family of Lesley and Chris Wright. He has a brother called Oscar who is an artist. The occupations of his parents are not and nothing is known of his elementary education, however, it known that he attended The Blue School, graduated in 1992 and went on to further at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art. He currently has an ND in Audio-visual Design.
He began producing short films while he was still a student at The Blue School. These films which were too short to be called feature films are usually shot with a very low budget (something close to no budget). This was when Edgar started infusing comedy into his work. Some of them include Carbolic Soap and Dirty Harry. His first feature film to hit the market was a low budget comedy movie titled A Fistful of Fingers. It wasn’t popular or commercially successful but through it, Wright was able to gain the attention of two famous British comedians, David Edward Williams, and Matthew Richard Lucas. They invited him to work with them and he assisted them in producing their parody show.
Edgar Wright went on to directing television series one of which he is popular for is his work on Asylum. The series ran for only one season with only 6 episodes. After Asylum came Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round, British comedy series French and Saunders and so on. Like every other star, to got his big break when he directed the sitcom Spaced created by Simon Pegg and Tallulah Jessica Elina Hynes. The 1999 series was a major success and earned him a nomination for Situation Comedy Award category in 2000 and 2002 at the BAFTA awards.
He has been active since then and still is. He has other projects (film and TV series) to his credit such as Sir Bernard’s Stately Homes, Murder Most Horrid, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End – most of which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. The list goes on and on. With all these works, it comes as no surprise that he has amassed a net worth of $10 million.
On a personal note, he has not been as successful with love as he has been with his career. He has been separated from two relationships over the years and is currently not in any. He dated the American actress Anna Kendrick from 2009 until they split in 2013. He also dated the musician, Charlotte Hatherley who he also produced music videos for.
What Are His Favorite Movies?
The multiple award-winning director, writer, and producer Edgar Wright had put together a list of his favorite movies – first in July 2016 and then he did so again in 2017. Let us take a look at 5 of his most favorite.
1. Raising Arizona
The movie that tops Edgar’s recent list is the 1987 movie Raising Arizona. It is an American crime comedy film that features well-known celebrities such as Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. It was written by the Coen brothers – Ethan and Joel Coen. Also, it was produced by Ethan and directed by Joel. Its plot is centered on the lives of Herbert I. “Hi” McDunnough and Edwina “Ed” – their marriage, kidnap of Nathan Junior and the decisions they made.
2. An American Werewolf In London
The next on Edgar Wright’s list is this British-American horror comedy film titled An American Werewolf In London. The story is basically about American students who were attacked by a werewolf while on a backpacking holiday in England. The movie featured the likes of Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, among others. It was produced in 1981 and was written and directed by John Landis – who is also the writer of the iconic Coming To America. It was critically and commercially successful.
The movie that made Edgar’s number 3 spot is also the favorite of many horror film lovers. Carrie features the young and talented Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White and Julianne Moore as her religiously zealous mother. It was directed by Kimberly Peirce and released in 2013. Carrie – a shy and caged girl, unleashes her locked in powers after falling victim to a cruel play on her on prom night. The movie was not much of a success and was received with mixed feelings from critics.
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark is an action-adventure movie. Released in 1981, the movie was very successful commercially and was regarded as one of the highest-grossing films that year. It was written by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Steven Spielberg. It featured the likes of Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, among others.
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
The last on Edgar Wright’s list of his five favorite movies is 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is a 1968 sci-fi/fantasy movie directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The plot is centered on the journey to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a mysterious black Monolith affecting human evolution. The story had been observed to be a scientifically accurate depiction of spaceflight and other scientific phenomena. The film was moderately successful commercially but received mixed reviews from critics.