Sex Bob-omb is heating up his guitars for a possible comeback.
Scott Pilgrimthe bestselling graphic novel series that was adapted into an Edgar Wright vehicle, is once again headed to the screen, this time as an animated series.
Netflix and UCP, the division of Universal Studio Group behind The Umbrella Academy and chuckyare developing the all-new adaptation, which does not yet have a series order.
Bryan Lee O’Malley, Pilgrim’s artist-creator, written and produced with BenDavid Grabinski, the showrunner behind the revival of Are you scared of the dark? at Nickelodeon. Both will show the series if it moves forward, with anime house Science SARU on tap to provide the animation work. The company’s Eunyoung Choi will serve as producer and Abel Gongora as director of the series.
The band members from the 2010 film are also present for the anime. Wright and his producing partner Nira Park will receive executive producer credits along with Marc Platt, Jared LeBoff and Adam Seigel of Marc Platt Productions and Michael Bacall.
Part fantasy action, part romantic comedy, Pilgrim centered on the titular slacker and in a garage band named Sex Bob-omb with his friends. His life changes when he meets Ramona Flowers, a recently single American. But before their love can blossom, Pilgrim finds himself challenged by his love’s seven previous relationships and must overcome them in exaggerated ways.
Six volumes of the series were published by Oni Press between 2004 and 2010, with the graphic novels becoming not just indie comic book successes, but a publishing phenomenon that broke into the mainstream, selling millions of books. copies.
Wright adapted the works – he wrote the screenplay with Bacall and directed – into a film titled Scott Pilgrim vs the World, the name of the second volume, which starred Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Flowers, and a cast that included Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, and Brie Larson, among others. While generating strong reviews, the pricey film bombed upon its release, becoming a cult hit over the next decade.
On one level, bringing graphic novels into anime form is an acknowledgment of some of the Japanese roots of graphic novels, as O’Malley’s big influence for his work was various manga, the Japanese comic book form.
Grabinski also wrote and directed the 2021 dark romantic comedy Fortunately which starred Joel McHale and Kerry Bishe and examined relationships and the jealousies they breed. He is replaced by CAA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
O’Malley is replaced by Fourward.