Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
At Comic-Con it was revealed in a “soft announcement” that Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim was being developed into a video game by Ubisoft. Now the San Francisco-based video game company has officially released a press release. The release is clear to point out that the game will be based on the upcoming Universal Pictures movie directed by Edgar Wright, which is based on the series of graphic novels. No word on if the actors from the film will provide voices for the game, although you would expect as much.
O’Malley also left a couple comments on his blog, mentioning rumors that the game will be released on Xbox Live Arcade or PSN, saying that the video game sites that reported this info “were apparently just guessing, because no platform has been announced yet.” The one year lead time almost guarantees that the game will be released for the XBLA and PSN. The game is is only in the early stages (only 3-4 weeks) of development. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, and is expected to launch worldwide with the release of the film in 2010 (likely Summer or Fall). Read the full press release after the jump.
SAN FRANCISCO – July 28, 2009 – Ubisoft today announced the development of a video game based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming action-comedy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Co-written and directed by genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), the film stars some of Hollywood’s leading young talent, including Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad), Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four series), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Mae Whitman (Arrested Development), and Jason Schwartzman (upcoming Funny People). The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal through a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing and is expected to launch worldwide with the film’s 2010 release.
The live-action Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film is based on a series of award-winning graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley. The series has earned numerous awards including: Entertainment Weekly’s Independent Comic of the Year, Wizard’s Indie Book of the Year and the Harvey Award for Humor in Comics. Published by Oni Press, the sixth and final volume in the series is set to debut in 2010 – also timed to the film release. In the film, Scott Pilgrim (Cera) has just met the girl of his dreams (Winstead), but the only catch to winning her is that her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.
“We were hooked on Scott Pilgrim from our first read of the comics and script,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President, Interactive, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “The storyline mirrors the escalating structure of a video game, and it is filled with clever homage to video game culture. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ubisoft to bring fans a thoroughly entertaining interactive experience.”
“We’re excited to work with Universal to create a video game experience based on the Scott Pilgrim universe,” said Christian Salomon, vice president of Worldwide Licensing at Ubisoft. “Scott Pilgrim is a special property, one that is both nostalgic and completely original. The game will provide a fun and unique experience to players and combine all the important elements seen in the filmâ€”action, romance, irreverent pop culture references and rock-n-roll.”
“Video games have been a huge influence on the characters and world of Scott Pilgrim,” said Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the original graphic novels. “As a gamer myself, it is a true pleasure to work closely with the talented team at Ubisoft to bring Scott to life on video game screens worldwide.”