The cult phenomenon that is Scott Pilgrim is once again being primed for an adaptation, only this time it will look a little bit different. Netflix, along with Universal Content Productions, is developing a new take on the fan-favorite franchise in the form of an anime adaptation. The show, which has yet to receive a full series order, is currently being written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the original artist, and creator of the comic book that started it all. He will also serve as an executive producer on the anime with BenDavid Grabinski, who previously worked as the showrunner on Nickelodeon’s revival of Are You Afraid of the Dark?.
This will be the second major adaptation of the graphic novel series that ran from 2004 to 2010. It follows the life of the titular character, a part-time musician and full-time slacker, as he falls in love with the highly mysterious Ramona Flowers and goes to war with her powerful “seven evil exes”. Acclaimed director Edgar Wright adapted the concept into a 2010 live-action film titled Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a project which has since become a staple in the genre.
Audiences hold the movie, which starred Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, to a high standard. The bar for a new adaptation will be understandably high, but fans should feel good about the inclusion of O’Malley in the creative process. It’s also worth noting that the pages of the Scott Pilgrim comics feel incredibly well suited to the anime style and should help to deliver a truly unique series for viewers.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter