Making-of Shaun of the Dead Gets Chronicled in You’ve Got Red on You Book This October

Entertainment Weekly senior writer Clark Collis has the first book You’ve Got Red on You: How Shaun of the Dead was brought to life, an anecdote-packed, 424-page look at the making of the 2004 horror-comedy. Collis interviewed dozens dropping out The cast and crew members for the project including director Edgar Wright, producer Nira Parks, actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Bill Nighy, Lucy Davis, and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, as well as several extras who played the zombies The film was all by . helped tell the story of dropping out, from its origins as a back-of-a-taxi idea coined by co-writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, to the film’s current status as a globally popular pop culture phenomenon. The book also includes commentary from many famous fans of the film, including directors Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, and Zack Snyder, and Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero.

dropping out The team initially struggled to find financial backing for the film as executives dismissed the script’s mix of horror, romance and sharp British wit. The film eventually went green on a relatively small budget and, after grueling shootings in London, became a box office hit and a cult classic. Sean began the big screen careers of nearly everyone involved, including directors Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and producer Nira Parks. Wright and producer Park have two films to be released in 2021 alone, the music documentary The Sparks Brothers and the psychological thriller Last Night in Soho, while Pegg will soon be seen reprising the role of Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible 7.

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dropping out One of my favorite movies and I thought I knew everything there was to know about it,” says writer Collis. “I couldn’t be more wrong. You’ve Got Red on You is full of behind-the-scenes tales of conflicts, battles, and near-disasters. But it is also the story of how a bunch of comrades made their dream film about people fighting zombies in a London pub and found audiences around the world embracing the dream. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I wrote it.”

Publishing release on Tuesday 19 October 1984 you’ve got red on you Limited First Edition in deluxe hardcover packaging that includes red foil gilded page edges, foil cover treatment, and a black satin ribbon marker. Packaging is done by HagCult (Myra Fersner), who has previously worked on the official merchandise for vampira and Halloween. “Designing the cover as a wrap-around to showcase Shawn’s iconic work shirt and red tie was a fun way to create imagery that can be immediately recognized by fans of the film,” Fersner says.

The tome includes more than 70 storyboards, handwritten brainstorming notes by Pegg and Wright, and candid photos. Most were obtained directly from the personal archives of the cast and crew.

The limited first edition of You’ve Got Red on You will debut worldwide on October 19

Books are sold anywhere, including your local bookstore, Amazon or Barnes & Noble in the US, and Amazon or Waterstone in the UK. Bulk inquiries should be made from Ingram.

Clark Collis is a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly magazine in New York. He grew up in Edgar Wright’s hometown of Wales and, like the director, is a former employee of Wookiee Whole Caves. Collis went to the University of Cambridge and studied history.

HagCult (Myra Fursner) is an illustrator and designer based in Knoxville, TN, who specializes in cult cinema and horror. She has worked with several licensed properties like Vampira, Tura Satna and Halloween. Myra grew up in Los Angeles and attended Otis College of Art and Design.

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