Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Well it looks like Edgar Wright has been showing a few close friends rough cut footage from his big screen adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. When I was in London last week, I had a chance to talk briefly with Jason Schwartzman, who told me that he had screened the opening 20 minutes, which he seemed very enthusiastic about. I tried to sneak my way into the UK editing bay, but unfortunately had no luck (believe me, I tried my hardest). And earlier today on Twitter, director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Thank You For Smoking, Juno) posted a mini glowing review of his thoughts on 30 minutes that Wright screened for him in London.
In London, @edgarwright showed me 30min of Scott Pilgrim. While sworn to secrecy (so much, surprised blood wasn’t demanded) I will say this: It is a game changer for Edgar and the genre. It moves the speed of light and carries more unadulterated joy than Ive seen in recent cinema. [Scott Pilgrim] does what everyone our age has been dreaming about: achieves the first all encompassing film of the joystick generation. I’m in awe of the sheer control in the filmmaking. It feels like a “Matrix” for love and how willing we are to fight for it. If I had a movie coming out next year, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it. Hats off my friend. Can’t get it out of my head.
Of course, Jason and Edgar not only look nearly identical, but they are very good friends. Hence the reason why Reitman got to see the early footage. But I don’t think that means you can discount the comments. Jason made some very strong claims, which I think carries a lot of weight regardless of the duo’s relationship. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this movie from spies inside the production, and the word is pretty much identical to that of what Jason left on twitter. This film looks unlike anything Edgar Wright has done before… Are you ready?
Wright has responded to Reitman’s mini review, saying “I am very touched by @jasonreitman’s lovely comments about Scott Pilgrim thus far. In unrelated news, UP IN THE AIR ain’t too shabby.”