'Scott Pilgrim' Anime Will Reunite The Entire Cast – Even The Crazy Famous Ones
Today is a great day for Scott Pilgrim fans, and a horrible one for evil ex-boyfriends everywhere.
Over a year after Netflix announced that they had begun development on an animated series adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel that previously spawned a cult-classic film directed by Edgar Wright, the show has finally been ordered to series. Not only that, but Netflix managed to bring the entire band back together from the 2010 film – Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Kieran Kulkin, Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzmann, the rest of Sex Bob-omb and all of snowy, stylized Toronto will return to the franchise, with Wright producing and O’Malley co-writing the project.
It’s like a high school reunion where every single alumn is the one who went off and became a bigshot.
At the time, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) wasn’t just a flop – it was a financial failure that Wright had never felt in his wunderkind movie making career. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was his most ambitious project to date, with a budget estimated at around $85 million, more than the entire gross revenue for his biggest hit Hot Fuzz. The production design of the film reflected its budget in every respect – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was covered in a comic book aesthetic and dripping with effort in the music, the animations, the costumes and the commitment to creating O’Malley’s magical-realistic Toronto in live action.
However, despite assistance from indie music icons such as LCD Soundsystem, Beck, Metric and Broken Social Scene, the film about an up-and-coming band and their chronically enfeebled bassist struggled to find the marketing strategy that accurately reflected the flashy, loud, nostalgic style of the film, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World put up a meager $49 million at the box office, well short of recouping its weighty budget.
In spite of its commercial failings, the film was praised by critics, and it slowly accrued a cult following that includes notable artists across many mediums who would continue to sing its praises for over a decade after release – in that time, a video game was made that more closely resembled the comic book, and Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Uzi Vert would write an homage album to the film titled Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World. Then, he made another one – Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2.
Now, fans of the franchise and its beloved box office bomb have been rewarded for their devotion with an animated series that somehow convinced half of the MCU to reprise the roles that completely failed to make them world-famous the first time around. With the return of Plaza, Evans, Larson and the rest of the A-listers whose stars rose immediately after Scott Pilgrim plummeted, the animated series is shaping up to be the redeeming labor of love that every cult following hopes for its favorite financial failure.
Either that, or the budget for the series is even more astronomical and ill-advised than that of the film – if Netflix really wanted to show us how much they loved Scott Pilgrim, it might have been cheaper for them to just punch a hole in the moon.