In a recent interview to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Paul, Simon Pegg discussed the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi comedy.
Pegg and Nick Frost have already been mulling over the idea of a sequel and what it would take to make that sequel. “The reason I would make a sequel to Paul,” said Pegg, “and I’m sure Greg (Mottola) would probably agree, is because, ultimately, I don’t do my job for anybody but myself.”
The experience of making Paul was something that was very enjoyable for Pegg and he would like to revisit the experience. “The product of what I do is important, but the of making Paul was so much fun,” said Pegg. “I got to work with some amazing people, in an amazing place, and we had an amazing three months. It was life-changing, and I’d love to do that again. If we could think of a story that was absolutely justifiable, that was worth doing, I would do it again, but for that reason, so I could have that experience again and enjoy working with people, the camaraderie and the friendship.
“People often forget that there is a process that exists in film-making. It’s not just the product, there is the process of making a film, which is incredibly enjoyable. The product is the result of that, which everybody sees, but it’s not always why you do it. There is also the product of that, which is fame, which is really why you don’t do it. The chance to work with those people again would be wonderful.”
A story idea for a sequel to Paul has already crossed the minds of Pegg and Frost, but to pull it off, it would mean they would require a bigger budget for the sequel. “Nick and I have this idea that we had out on the way to Area 51 that was really funny,” said Pegg. “It was like oh, this could be great. It would cost an absolute fucking fortune. If it involved more than one Paul, it would mean that we’d have to have twice that budget again. The idea was it was called Pauls. Again, it was like From Dusk Til Shaun, that title is so good we have to make that film.”
Last week, Paul was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and will appear on American store shelves on August 9th.