Edgar Wright to adapt ghost story Stage 13

Edgar Wright is a busy man. He's currently finishing up noir thriller Last Night In Soho, originally pencilled for a 2020 release, and now pushed back to 2021. Following that, he's reportedly attached to sentient robot story Set My Heart To Five, and also kidnap thriller The Chain, which will be scripted by Kick-Ass's Jane Goldman.

As if that wasn't enough, he's now being linked to short story adaptation Stage 13. Deadline indicates that Wright will work with regular producer Nira Park, who backed the filmmaker's classic Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End), Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Baby Driver. Saturday Night Live's Simon Rich devised the original tale, a comic ghost story about a deceased actress who haunts the titular backlot. When she makes friends with a struggling director, they team up to take on the world.

The film will be produced through Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners, part of a joint collaboration that includes Wright's usual team at Working Title (Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner). 

In the meantime, Wright's next project, Last Night in Soho, promises to be a dark, twisty story of menace and time-travel in swinging 1960s London. Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas McKenzie and Matt Smith feature in the starry cast, which is said to be an homage to the claustrophobic terror of Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby) and other masters.

Last Night in Soho is scheduled for release on 23rd April 2021. If that seems too far away, check out our guide to the movie and also the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 10th-anniversary table read.