‘Scott Pilgrim’ Steps Up In New Animated Series For Netflix

Scott Pilgrim, which has been a beloved comic book, cult film, and absolutely addictive video game, has now reached boss level with an upcoming anime adaptation. Netflix and UCP (The Umbrella Academy, chucky) are adapting Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series, with O’Malley writing and executive producing alongside BenDavid Grabinski (Are you scared of the dark? restart).

The series will be animated by anime house Science SARU (crybaby devilman, Don’t Touch Eizouken!), with Abel Góngora (OK KO! : Let’s be heroes, Star Wars Visions) to manage. Edgar Wright, who directed the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs the worldwill also serve as an executive producer with partner Nina Park.

An anime series for Scott Pilgrim makes sense, given his roots in manga and anime influences, as well as video game culture. And even though it’s been almost twenty years since the series was first published by Oni Press in 2004, Scott Pilgrim remained a beloved franchise. Even Wright’s film, which was a box office flop upon release, has since become cult. The film’s 10th anniversary in 2020 saw a theatrical re-release, a meeting zoom table readand an extended version of the soundtrack.

And even though the movie wasn’t commercially profitable, Scott Pilgrim merchandise continues to make money. In an interview with ColliderWright said: “[The film] has been continuously re-released on Blu-ray. I mean, more fucking Funko Pops than you can imagine. You could fill a house with Scott Pilgrim’s Funko Pops. And then, every once in a while, you would get calls from Universal saying, “Is there anything else we can do with Scott Pilgrim?” I can’t speak out of turn, but there are still potential things that could happen in that regard.

Scott Pilgrim has also seen many of his actors go on to superstardom, like Chris Evans and Brie Larson joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And young audiences continue to discover the film and fall in love with it.

An episodic structure will allow for a deeper dive into its characters than a two-hour movie can offer. And it will also serve to highlight the different subplots and supporting characters that fans love. There’s no word yet on the voice cast, though I’d love to see the film’s actors reprise their roles. And they should definitely revisit the film’s phenomenal soundtrack.

What do you think of a Scott Pilgrim animated series? Let us know in the comments!

(via The Hollywood Reporterpicture: Universal Pictures)

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