An anime adaptation of Scott Pilgrim VS The World has been reported to be in development. The modern action fantasy visual novel featured gaming-influenced visuals and combat, along with romantic comedy. The series was once adapted into the movie, but will now return in a new format that greatly matches the creator’s vision.
The Scott Pilgrim series was first released as a comic in August 2004, with each issue featuring a different subtitle. The series had 6 volumes released and due to its popularity, a movie adaptation was produced. The comic had also been created as a side-scrolling beat ‘em up video game, created by Ubisoft, which was a perfect match to the aesthetic of the concept and game-inspired features of the series.
The movie featured dynamic combat and even had an All-Star cast of actors and actresses, with some moving on to being cast within the Marvel Cinematic universe. Featuring Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Flowers, and an iconic cast that included Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, and Brie Larson. The movie adaption was co-written, directed, and produced by Edgar Wright, who is known for the Cornetto trilogy, featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and working with Steven Spielberg for the adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin.
Netflix and UCP are reported to be working together to develop the brand-new Scott Pilgrim anime adaptation that may be a series that fans may find to be the perfect format for the concept. Although the show doesn’t have a series order yet, the previous work of UCP will create hype as the Universal Studio Group division’s portfolio include The Umbrella Academy and Chucky.
Synopsis of Scott Pilgrim –
As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors.
Crew revealed for Scott Pilgrim anime
The two showrunners have already been announced to be Bryan Lee O’Malley and Ben David Grabinski. O’Malley is the artist and creator of Scott Pilgrim who will be writing the anime series. Grabinski has previously been the showrunner behind the Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Revival for Nickelodeon. With these talents, the anime house, Science SARU will be participating in the production, to provide the animation work. They will be working with the company’s Eunyoung Choi and Abel Gongora as they serve as the producer and the director of the ‘Scott Pilgrim‘ anime adaptation, respectively.
The movie will also influence the anime version as the crew from the production will also be credited as executive producers. This includes Wright and his producing partner, Nira Park, along with Marc Platt, Jared LeBoff, Adam Seigel of Marc Platt Productions, and Michael Bacall.
The popularity of Scott Pilgrim is without question as the novel became an indie comic hit that went on to become a publishing phenomenon that entered the mainstream. The millions sold led to the movie, but the success was questionable as it was expensive to create and bombed upon release. However, the movie adaptation did rate highly in reviews and did end up becoming a cult hit over the decade that followed. Hopefully, the ‘Scott Pilgrim‘ anime will be a greater success as anime has gained many viewers since the covid pandemic caused a rise in subscriptions to Funimation and Crunchyroll.
This production will be such a massive event for fans of the franchise and will be a release that will even be highly anticipated by the anime audience. This adaptation would also pay respect as the graphic novels were inspired by various anime that O’Malley was influenced by. Allowing Scott Pilgrim to dive more into its Japanese roots that are part of the concept. The novels and games both have their own art style, so one question that fans will want an answer will be whether the ‘Scott Pilgrim‘ anime will stay true to the original appearance or if a visual reinvention will be used to give it more of an anime flare. For now, we will have to wait until the first images are revealed when the release is announced for the first season.
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