Whenever you mention the names ‘Simon Pegg’ and ‘Nick Frost’ in the same sentence, my ears prick up in almost the exactly same way as if those two names were ‘Scotch’ and ‘egg’. Essentially: I am excited by it. It means something tasty is coming. And the very tasty reason they’re in the same sentence today is because they’re teaming up to make a TV show together - let me eat it, put it in my mouth, I’m hungry etc.
The show will be called Truth Seekers and will focus on a trio of paranormal investigators tackling a different case each episode - so like The X-Files but with an extra person! Pegg talked to Variety about the series:
“Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something. It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown.
“Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in north London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.”
There’s no word on whether they’ll actually star or remain behind the scenes, or even if it’ll be a comedy or not, but knowing those two, it’ll most likely be of the ‘japey’ variety. The show is coming hot from the kiln in the office of the duo’s recently-formed independent production label Stolen Picture, although no date has been set for its touchdown.
Aside from the TV show, their production company is also making its first film, Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy that Pegg says will be “very satirical, very much about the UK selling itself off. It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon”.
Aside from their own pet projects, the duo also have a bunch of other upcoming work in larger movies. Frost has Tomb Raider, a wrestling comedy with The Rock called Fighting With My Family and is also currently starring in the martial arts TV show Into the Badlands (which you should definitely check out if you haven’t, by the way).
And Pegg is finishing up on Mission: Impossible 6 and a Margot Robbie-starring thriller called The Terminal. What a couple of busy bees they are.