Science SARU Developing Scott Pilgrim Anime Series with Original Creator

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Over a decade after the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World film released, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim comic is getting another adaptation, this time as an anime from Netflix and UCP!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Malley will be writing and executive producing the in-development series, with BenDavid Grabinski serving as show-runner.

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Anime studio Science SARU, known for its work on Space Dandy, Devilman Crybaby, Star Wars: Visions, Keeps Your Hands Off Eizouken! and the upcoming Tatami Time Machine Blues, is set to animate the series, with the company’s president and CEO, Eunyoung Choi, serving as producer.

Abel Gongora, director of Star Wars: Visions’ sixth episode, “T0-B1,” is on board as director of the adaptation, which has yet to get a full series order from Netflix.

Scott Pilgrim follows the titular character, who has to fight off the seven evil exes of his new, cooler-than-him girlfriend, Ramona Flowers, each encounter serving like a boss fight, one of many ways video game influence makes its way into the series. O’Malley has also stated how much manga had an influence on the series, which makes an anime adaptation perfect for the comic. 

The hit indie comic series was published as six volumes under Oni Press from 2004 to 2010, with the final volume releasing just in time for the Universal Pictures live-action adaptation from director Edgar Wright.

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The film starred Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and went on to become a cult hit. People who worked on the film, including members of Marc Platt productions, Nira Park, Michael Bacall and even Edgar Wright himself are reported to be involved with the anime as well, with executive producer credits on the series. 

The upcoming anime isn’t Scott Pilgrim’s first animated adaptation, since the film had a tie-in short called Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Animation, which aired on Adult Swim in 2010 and depicted Scott and Kim Pine’s high school relationship and all the literal and emotional chaos surrounding it. 

As of this time, there are no details on a projected premiere date for Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim anime.

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