John Landis is back on the movie scene. According to /Film, the director has cast Simon Pegg in his upcoming film, Burke & Hare. Fans are used to seeing both Landis and Pegg work in the comedic-horror field, so Burke & Hare shouldn’t be that much of a stretch. The story centers on two Irishman who murder for medicine. More on the story below.
Burke and Hare “were a pair of Irish immigrant murderers in early 19th century Edinburgh who sold on the corpses of their victims to the local medical college.” Sounds exciting! With Simon attached to star as one of the two that leaves his partner in crime up for debate. Where’s Nick Frost?! Who else could play his right hand man in a film like this?
The story for this film nips at the heels of the recent IFC release, I Sell the Dead. I saw the movie, and unfortunately it was nothing to write home about. Burke & Hare’s story has been told on the big screen before, once in 1960 and again in 1972. I haven’t seen either of those versions, but they might serve as a good prep for Landis’ take.
What do you think about Landis and Pegg teaming up for Burke & Hare? Should Nick Frost also be cast?