Scott Pilgrim is preparing to level up on Netflix. That’s right, Brian Lee O’Malley’s beloved graphic novel series is reportedly getting a TV show on the streaming platform — and it will be an anime to boot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Netflix and Universal Content Productions (UCP), which co-developed Netflix’s live-action adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, are collaborating on the Scott Pilgrim anime series.
Unlike Edgar Wright’s film adaptation, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2020, however, O’Malley is said to have a bigger role in the development of the TV show. As THR reports, O’Malley – creator, artist of The Scott Pilgrim Comics And The lead writer will write and executive produce the Netflix anime series. O’Malley served only as a creative consultant on the 2010 cult classic film.
BenDavid Grabinski, writer-producer on Happily and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, will serve as showrunner. Meanwhile, Japanese animation studio Science SARU has been approached to create the visuals for the show, with studio staff Abel Gongora and Eunyoung Choi serving as director and producer, respectively.
It is currently unclear whether Netflix will forward the Scott Pilgrim anime, with THR claiming that Netflix has yet to officially order the project a series. Should it do so, we suspect Scott Pilgrim will find its way onto our best Netflix TV shows list in time, along with the likes of other hit animated series like Arcane, as well as our best anime list.
Analysis: Scott Pilgrim is perfect for an anime adaptation
While it hasn’t gotten the green light yet, a Scott Pilgrim anime series sounds like a brilliant idea.
We’ve already been given a glimpse of what the Scott Pilgrim comic series would be like as an animated production. To coincide with the film’s release in the summer of 2010, Ubisoft released a side-scrolling Beat ‘Em Up video game that was similarly based on O’Malley’s works.
The early Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles, which were praised by fans and critics alike, did an amazing job of capturing the graphic novel likeness of the series’ characters. Should Netflix and UCP go ahead with their Scott Pilgrim anime plans, Ubisoft’s game — as well as O’Malley’s source material — would be a good place to start regarding the show’s aesthetic, style, and tone.
Wright’s film garnered a lot of fan service during its two-hour runtime, a Scott Pilgrim anime that would allow O’Malley, Grabinsky and company to really dig into the comic series’ weird and offbeat sensibilities.
O’Malley has frequently spoken about how Japanese manga largely inspired the design of Scott Pilgrim’s story, characters, facial expressions, themes, and art style. The main influences for the comic series, O’Malley has revealed, are Rumiko Takahasi’s Ranma 1/2, the work of Osamu Tezuka (aka ‘The Godfather of the manga’), and even Japanese roleplaying inspired by the manga. Game (JRPG). Yuji Iwahara as Kaudelka.
Considering how influential manga and anime were on O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim comics, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see his series turn into a Netflix anime.
The material already exists in the source material (and Scott Pilgrim games, to an extent) to show that the Scott Pilgrim anime can serve as an animated series. And, with Netflix enjoying a lot of success in recent anime offerings including Castlevania, DOTA: Blood of the Dragon and The Witcher spin-off movie Nightmare of the Wolf, the streamer looks as if it’s Scott Pilgrim. Would make a nice home for anime.
Here’s hoping Netflix gives the series a green signal, so we’re going to have “We’re Sex Bob-omb!”, “Bread Makes You Fat!?” Including can shout iconic lines. and “I’m into gays with you” as we watch together.
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