Empire Online reports that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's British cop movie, Hot Fuzz, their eagerly-awaited successor to Shaun Of The Dead, has been given the green light by Working Title.

"We got the green light yesterday," said Pegg. "It sounds as if it's going to be March, which is exciting."

The movie, which will star Pegg and Shaun cohort/real-life best mate, Nick Frost as two mismatched cops who team up in a West Country backwater, has been mooted for over a year now, with the delay in official news causing some people to fear that it would ever get made. However, just to put to bed the pernicious rumour (in no way started by us) that Pegg and Wright may have been slacking in any way, Pegg revealed the real reason for the delay.

"We've actually been writing it for most of the year!" laughed Pegg. "We've been working so hard on it. It's such a complex script. I think the first draft was 235 pages long because we thought ‘oh fuck it, let's just go for it, let's just vomit it onto the page and see what happens'. And we've shaved off a hundred-odd pages, but it's one of those things where if you remove one thing, there's a pay-off later on that needs to be addressed.

"It's been a far more intensive process than writing Shaun," he continued. "Shaun kinda wrote itself in a way, but this took some real brainpower. It's been brilliant fun and a real exercise in comedy and logic. Sometimes we'd sit there frowning at each other, thinking ‘we're writing a comedy!' We'd be scratching our heads and crying, but I think that what we've come up with now is a better script than Shaun Of The Dead, so fingers crossed."

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Brian B.