A few weeks ago I got news of a pretty cool little project: as part of the promotional efforts for Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Universal approached [adult swim] about making something related to the film. The idea concocted by the folks at the network was to animate a piece of one of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s graphic novels that didn’t end up in Edgar Wright‘s movie.
Universal, Wright and O’Malley all got behind the idea, and the result is a four-minute animated short that illustrates the beginning of the friendship between Scott Pilgrim and Kim Pine. I got a look at the nearly-completed short during Comic Con, and now we can show you a clip from the finished project.
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MTV recently talked to director Edgar Wright, who confirmed what many people who have read the screenplay(s) for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World had known for a while: the story diverges from Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s source material somewhere around book number three.
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We’ve known for some time that Edgar Wright’s upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. the World adaptation would be based on all of the Bryan Lee O’Malley graphic novels (the sixth, and final book, is due out this year), but we’ve yet to hear if that meant there was absolutely no possibility of sequels. In a recent chat with Collider for Youth in Revolt, Michael Cera mentioned that he hasn’t signed for a sequel and hasn’t heard any other sequel talk either.
It’s not entirely surprising, but don’t be shocked if the film is wildly successful and O’Malley decides to continue the story like Frank Miller did for the upcoming 300 sequel, Xerxes.
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.
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I’ve always assumed that Edgar Wright‘s film adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World would end the same way as the graphic novels. Of course, Scott Pilgrim Volume 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe was only recently released, and the sixth and probably final, volume is still being written. Creator, writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley reveals that the movie might end completely differently than the books.
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The fifth video blog for Edgar Wright‘s big screen adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is now online. This one takes a look at the translation from comic book panel to screen. Writer/artist Bryan Lee O’Malley visits some of the locations that he featured in the comics, which are now being used in the film adaptation. Watch the new video blog after the jump.
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A few weeks back Brandon Routh let it slip that Edgar Wright‘s big screen adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World would combine live action with hand drawn animation. We theorized at the time that the animation would probably be used to supplement that video game-style fight sequences between Pilgrim and Ramona Flower’s evil exes.
Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley confirmed to MTV at New York Comic Con that the film would indeed incorporate animation, but not to a large extent. O’Malley said that he believes Routh was explaining “more about special effects and incorporating some hand-drawn doodling and stuff,” and that “It’s not going to be a hand-drawn Michael Cera”.
Then comes this curious new behind-the-scenes photo from Edgar’s myspace of people (cast members?) in motion capture suits. I assume this means that the film will feature some digitized characters. I mean, isn’t that what motion capture is used for? I’m guessing that the mocap is being used for quick shots in the fight sequences (people flying through the air or something like that). I doubt this has anything to do with the hand drawn additions to the film. And I doubt that any of the characters will be completely digitized, it’s probably just action scene stuff. But I find it interesting that Wright is using motion capture at all.
The photo above goes out to all the girls of the world who go nom nom nom for Michael Cera. This is a demographic that is growing exponentially. I even know a gal who left a guy to venture out in search of Juno’s lithe and witty impregnator. So, given this bewildering trend, it’s only fitting that Cera (Superbad) is in final negotiations to star in the titular role of Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim’s Little Life, a promising adaptation of the hipster comic book about a Canadian bass player who must defeat his dream girl’s seven evil exes in order to, you know, make out.
In Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s comic, the “League of Ramona’s Evil Ex-Boyfriends” is possessed with varying evallll superpowers ranging from “vegan psychic powers” to “summoning demon hipster girls at will.” And apparently one these exes is a vixen who is half-ninja. You know, from college. Also of note, Pilgrim, who is straight, has a gay roommate named Wallace and they share a bed. Hopefully Clark Duke (above) who played Cera’s roommate in the quite amusing Clark and Michael (re: watch) gets a text to join. Writer/actor Michael Bacall, Wright and O’Malley adapted the script, and filming is slated to begin in the fall.
While lots of fanboys were hoping that Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) hopped onto Marvel’s Ant Man next, the addition of Cera to this project makes me think it could be quite \m/. Moreover, Michael Cera starring in a flick that will get him a permanent seat in the Illustrious Skybox of ‘Tang is good for all of us geeks, hipsters and Sexman alike. Indeed, I’d go so far as to say that Cera is deserving of the lead in that o-so-holy and manly of remakes: Fletch.
Discuss: Why is Michael Cera such a friggin’ babe magnet? Does Scott Pilgrim’s Little Life run the risk of being, erm, Juno: Hipster Slayer? Good move for Wright?