Well, here’s a bit of news that should make literally everyone happy.
Ealing Studios is producing a new comedy about William Burke and William Hare, two 19th century grave robbers who make their living selling stealing and selling corpses for medical research. The leads have been cast, and they are flat-out delicious: Burke will be played by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Hare by David Tennant (the 10th Time Lord / “Doctor Who”). It will be directed by the once-legendary John Landis.
I say “once-legendary” because John Landis once gave us some absolute, undeniable classics — An American Werewolf in London, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, The Three Amigos (SHUTUPIT’SACLASSIC) and Kentucky Fried Movie. However, he’s been on a cold streak (Blues Brothers 2000, Beverly Hills Cop 3, The Stupids) and hasn’t made a movie in more than 10 years. One can but hope this will be a return to his once-great form.
Interestingly, the original Burke and Hare (it’s based on a true story) were actually alleged serial killers — apparently they would wait for tenants at the lodging house they lived at to become sick and then simply finish the job, then sell off the bodies. Turning that concept into a caper comedy should be a challenge, although this year’s I Sell The Dead managed it quite well.
Regardless: Pegg, Tennant, Landis. This way lies (potential) greatness.
(h/t to Bloody Disgusting)