Scott Pilgrim is coming to Netflix, and not just to conquer the world again. The streaming giant is would have produced a new Scott Pilgrim animated series based on the graphic novel, previously adapted for the 2010 cult classic Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Its style of mixing live actors and CGI special effects is one of the best films to do so since. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In the film, Michael Cera plays the 22-year-old bassist rocker (23/24 in the graphic novel) bowled over head over heels when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) skates through her dreams. The movie also featured pre-MCU stars Chris Evans and Brie Larson playing, what else, but superpowered celebrities.
Although the film bombed upon its initial release, it eventually gained cult fame and earned a reputation as a truly unique romantic comedy. As a live-action film, the project seemed to stay true to the animation style primarily by taking the actions of the actors and layering them with classic comic book-style special effects. There were plenty of references to video game end screens, power-ups, and scenes where cool stunts would rack up meaningless points that were surprisingly good at adding drama and intensity. There has been some debate as to whether or not Scott Pilgrim was problematic, but that’s another article. If nothing else, it’s a truly unique story told differently from others, and well worth reading/seen.
But in this adaptation to Netflix, what will happen? Scott Pilgrim be like this time?
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While the film fused live-action stars with CGI effects, this project would be an anime. Although Netflix has yet to officially order a series, some producers and companies have signed up to participate. This means that the project is still in its early stages of development. Whether the animation style will attempt to resemble the graphic novel or go for a quirky anime aesthetic is likely up for debate as we speak. Brian Lee O’Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrimhas previously stated that Japanese manga greatly influenced him when he created his work, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see some loyal anime from him.
According to The Hollywood Reporterwho first announced these rumors, Netflix is working with an arm of Universal Studios who helped create The Umbrella Academy. And while there’s no order for the series yet, executive production credits are going to many of those who helped produce the 2010 film. Edgar Wright (who adapted the graphic novel to film ) will receive one, as will Nira Park, Marc Platt, Jared Leboff, Adam Seigel and Michael Bacall. Bryan Lee O’Malley appears to be on board to direct the show and write alongside BenDavid Grabinski.
In this way, O’Malley joins a popular trend of authors and graphic novelists who seem to help adapt their works for the screen. Among them is the famous British author Neil Gaiman who will bring his graphic novel The sand man to Netflix this summer. While Gaiman said he’s needed convincing to adapt his works in the past (particularly with good omens due to the loss of Terry Pratchett), he seems to have taken a liking to the process. So we might start to see more of our favorite graphic novels being adapted in the future.
What Would Scott Pilgrim Anime Look Like?
As previously reported, the series is still in its early stages, without even a series order, so it’s impossible to say what creative decisions have been made. But it’s fun to speculate! The previously linked article from The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Netflix has anime production studio Science SARU “on tap” to help animate the series. It is therefore quite possible that the animation style will change. If so, O’Malley could take the character in a new creative direction. After all, we’ve already been told how Scott Pilgrim won the heart of Ramona Flowers.
O’Malley’s writing partner BenDavid Grabinski gained some fame for penning the 2019 series Are you scared of the dark? and the movie 2021 Fortunately – looking at Joel McHale for y’all Community Fans. If these projects are any indication, the series will likely be a bit deeper than the movie. And if it’s done in anime style, and not just O’Malley’s style, then coordinating with another writer could be a sign of an innovative direction in storytelling.
Batman Wasn’t So Famously Adapted Into Animated Movie ninja batman. And even though it was primarily a parody and wasn’t very good, it was absolutely everything you wanted from an animated movie and a Batman film. However, studios are unlikely to take on a project like producing Scott Pilgrim just to have a double parody of genres. But knowing O’Malley, the show won’t be without its big, fun shots and points to classic tropes and gags.
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