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John Landis' Burke and Hare?

JohnLandis.jpgThere's a rumour going round the Internet that Simon Pegg is set to star in John Landis' latest film Burke and Hare, a film about the infamous serial killers William Burke and William Hare, who killed people and sold their corpses to Edinburgh Medical College for hard cash.

Nice business, but the rumour of Pegg has already been slated as untrue, whereas the story of Landis directing comes from the man's own lips.

I find this incredibly sad since a Scottish production, handed Scottish money, and with Scottish talent backing it, never got off the ground. Now we're going to see an Americanised version which probably won't even visit Edinburgh other than some second unit location shots, and will turn the whole story into a comedy.

You see it deserves to be something more because the story of Burke and Hare is true. They were responsible for some seventeen murders from 1827 to 1828 and sold the corpses on for money to the Medical College in Edinburgh who needed cadavers for their dissection.

They committed the murders and sold the bodies to Robert Knox who then dissected them for his students in the school. All was well until Burke and Hare's partners began uncovering the evidence and it wasn't long before the police were involved.

It was not a clear cut case so Hare was offered immunity to plead against Burke. He did and Burke was hanged with his body being given to Edinburgh Medical College for public dissection where parts of it are still on display.

It's a great story that would make for a great film, however I think it's a shame that it's going to be turned into a comedy and not given a full, historical film. It's especially sad that the Scottish production never got off the ground, despite the production company getting a healthy amount from Scottish Screen.

The story comes from Dread Central through Total Film, and reveals that John Landis was at the Monster-Mania Convention and revealed that he will be working on the film. Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, who wrote the two recent St Trinian's films, have written the script. Oh dear, I'm even more disappointed.



Everyone's reporting the casting of Simon Pegg as a done deal but I had read, and I can't remember where, that his agent/publicist had denied all knowledge of it.


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