Scott Pilgrim seems ready for a comeback, and not just in video games. the Hollywood reporter has learned Universal’s Netflix and UCP (the unit behind The Umbrella Academy) are developing a Scott Pilgrim anime series. It’s unclear how close this will be to the original graphic novels, but creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and 2010 film director Edgar Wright will executive produce.
O’Malley will serve as showrunner alongside Are you afraid of the Dark? revive BenDavid Grabinski. Science SARU is animating the project.
It won’t be shocking if the series sticks to the central storyline: Sex Bob-omb frontman Scott wants to win over Ramona Flowers, but can’t date her until he defeats his seven ex-boyfriends. Both the graphic novels and the film were references to manga, indie rock, video games and Canadian culture at the turn of the millennium.
This is a slightly unusual twist on a familiar formula. While Netflix has not been shy with its ambitious anime plans, it has typically focused on originals or adaptations of Japanese games and manga. Here, the streaming service is adapting a comic book that was a tribute to the Western – and that many can only know from the big screen. Netflix’s strategy isn’t clear, but it might see this as a way to expose its anime catalog to a wider audience.
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