Scott Pilgrim is going to be an anime for Netflix


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A little over a decade ago, Edgar Wright did Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a fairly good adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s much-loved and extremely popular comic. While it didn’t warm at the box office, it has been given a new lease of life as a beloved cult classic with a kickass soundtrack, and a geek turning point for actors like Brie Larson, Chris Evans, and Brandon Routh. Good news for those fans then: after rumbling back in 2020, it’s officially going to be an anime.

In partnership with Universal, the anime is being developed for Netflix to go along with their pretty solid series of adjustments in recent years. O’Malley himself and BenDavid Grabinski (showrunner of Nickelodeon’s 2019 Are You Afraid of the Dark? reboot) will serve as writers and executive producers on the series. Should Netflix continue with the series, the duo will also be showrunners. And yes, Wright also has a hand in the anime as he is credited as an executive producer alongside O’Malley and Grabinski.

The production company Science SARU is tapped to provide animation; you probably know them from Netflix Devilman crybaby and the memeable Stay away from Eizouken! The direction goes to Spanish animator Abel G√≥ngora, who directed promo episodes of the underrated OK KO!: Let’s Be Heroes and the excellent TO-B1 segment from Star Wars Visions. (SARU did animation for both that segment and the Akakiri short.)

In the decade since the film’s release, Scott Pilgrim has held out thanks to both a devoted fanbase and an even pretty good video game. The film itself was a visual feast with a lot of charm at the time, making it a reliable weekend watch. How well will Scott Pilgrim fight a succession of Ramona Flowers’ exes in video game-esque fashion translate to an episodic format? We’ll have to wait.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]


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