For comic fans in the know, one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming comic films along with “Watchmen” and the next series of sure-to-be-Marvel blockbusters is the film adaptation of Brian Lee O’Malley’s comedy/action/romance series, “Scott Pilgrim.”
Regarding the film (which will officially be titled “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”), much has been announced to get “Pilgrim” fans worked up since Universal picked up the option in 2005: Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) is set to direct, up-and-coming screenwriter Michael Bacall will write the script and Michael Cera (“Superbad”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Live Free or Die Hard”) are set to play the lead roles of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona V. Flowers, respectively -- however, plenty of questions remain.
We caught up with Wright to see if the director could shed any more light on the story about the kid who must defeat the Seven Evil Exes to win his girl’s heart.
Set to begin filming in January of 2009, Wright remains relatively tight-lipped in terms of story details and possible castings, but assures fans that series creator O’Malley will be integral to the process. “We’ve been working with Bryan Lee O’Malley, the author; he’s been very much involved,” said Wright. “Unlike some other adaptations I’m going to make sure the original author was respected.”
Furthermore, much like the source material, Wright plans to make the film stand out from what fans have grown accustomed to in terms of comic book movies, saying “I think what’s cool about it is there have been a lot of comic book films but there haven’t been any comic book adaptations of comedies of comic books. You’ve had all these really great comic book adaptations recently and there’s a chance to do something a little bit more pop-arty like the book so that’s something I really want to bring to the screen.”
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