A ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Anime Series Coming to Netflix

Scott Pilgrim seems poised for a comeback, and not just in video games. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Netflix and Universal’s UCP (the unit behind The Umbrella Academy) are developing a Scott Pilgrim anime series. It’s not clear how close this will be to the original graphic novels, but 2010 creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and film director Edgar Wright will be executive producers.

O’Malley will serve as showrunner alongside Are You Afraid of the Dark? reviver Ben David Grabinski. Science SARU is animating the project.

It won’t be shocking if the series sticks to the core of the story: the leader of the Sex Bob-omb band Scott wants to win over Ramona Flowers, but can’t date her until he defeats her seven evil exes. Both the graphic novels and the film were nods to manga, indie rock, video games and the turn of the millennium of Canadian culture.

This is a somewhat unusual twist on a well-known formula. While Netflix has not been shy about its ambitious anime plans, it has mostly focused on originals or adaptations of Japanese games and manga. Here, the streaming service adapts a comic that was a Western tribute — and one that many may only know from the big screen. Netflix’s strategy isn’t clear, but it could see this as a way to showcase its anime catalog to a wider audience.

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