By Ryan J. Downey
"Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" has arrived! Well... almost. Before the film officially hits theaters, director Edgar Wright and the cast brought the project's cast before an assembled Comic-Con audience to offer up some thoughts about the much-anticipated adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic book series.
Here's a full report:
- Edgar Wright joked about following Sly Stallone's Expendables. "We have 13 guests coming out but I don't think all of them will equal one Lundgren."
- Wright said he first encountered SP while doing the press tour for "Shaun of the Dead" - "It was love at first sight."
- Bryan Lee O'Malley was introduced with a video montage contrasting clips from the film with art from the books. Each successive person was introduced with film clips as well.
- Wright offered a "big announcement": "SP will be released in 2D. With regular film prices." Then he asked, "How do you feel about watching a film without sunglasses?" It wasn't the first dig at 3D today but it was equally well received.
- Second special announcement: surprise appearance from Simon Pegg & Nick Frost! They walked on and walked off.
- Wright noted that Chris Evans couldn't be here because he's filming Captain America. Michael Cera then came onstage in a Captain America costume, capping off a joke about Cera losing the role to Evans.
- An exclusive clip featuring Cera battling Schwartzman was premiered.
- A fan asked Routh questions addressing him only as Superman. He admitted nothing compares to playing Superman. He joked that playing a super villain was about doing everything the opposite of Superman.
- Wright said the book reminded him a bit of "Spaced," even though Bryan hadn't seen it.
- Michael said he wants an "Arrested Development" movie to get made and that he thinks it's going to, although he doesn't have any information about it.
- Wright said there are sound effects from Tekken, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and Zelda in the movie.
- The stunt coordinators on SP are part of Jackie Chan's fighting team.
- A girl asked Michael how he maintained his "trademark figure despite all of the training." He asked, "Is that an insult? Is that a compliment? Thank you!"
- Wright then announced three FREE screenings of the movie in full at Comic-Con!
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