Edgar Wright On Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

We're glad Edgar Wright's forthcoming adap of Bryan Lee O’Malley's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is starting to get a lot of online buzz.

We can't wait to see how the flick combines Wright’s whip-smart style with Lee O’Malley’s razor-sharp books about the titular 23-year-old slacker musician’s battles against love interest Ramona Flowers’ seven evil ex-boyfriends.

So Total Film sat down with him to find out how it's going. Short answer: brilliantly.

We couldn't be more excited about this one. We love the idea of Wright starting out homaging Sam Raimi on Spaced, then going on to create the best superhero movie since Spider-Man 2. Please, geek gods. Make it so!

How did you discover the comic?
“I was given the first book before it came out, a US producer Jared LeBoff had bought the rights before it had even been released because the high concept is so amazing. They sent it to me when I was doing the Shaun Of The Dead press tour. As soon as I got to the first fight sequence, I was like, ‘Ahhh!’”


How are you filming it?
"There have been lots of great comic-book adaptations recently, but I thought there was a good way – post Sin City and 300 – to bring an element of graphics and animation to the screen in a comedy film that you wouldn’t accept in something harder like The Dark Knight.

There’s also the videogame element that’s in the book. It seems to me you can do a good videogame film that isn’t an adaptation of any game.

In the same way The Matrix was a great comic-book film that wasn’t actually based on any comic book, this will have elements of gaming without being a straight adaptation of a game…”

How faithful will it be?

“On one hand it’s very faithful to the books, on the other it has become something that has the structure of a romantic comedy action film. I haven’t quite figured that out. At the moment I’m calling it an action romance, but I’m trying to think of something a bit snappier…”


You've got a great cast...
“When we were writing the first draft of Scott Pilgrim we were trying to think who would be the perfect person to play him and at that point Michael Cera had only done Arrested Development, he was 17.

I remember me and Michael Bacall thinking, ‘Shame that kid’s not older!’ And now he is older.

And Mary Elizabeth Winstead… I guess I first saw her properly in Death Proof and as soon as I saw her in that, I thought, ‘Ah, that’s Ramona.’ She is the character. She even comes from the same area… It’s been a really great process.”

And what's happening post Pilgrim?
“I’ve been working on a number of different things that are in various different stages, like I’ve been writing Ant-Man for Marvel with Joe Cornish, working on The World’s End with Simon and another project I’m doing on my own with Working Title.”
For more Edgar, see the latest issue of Total Film Magazine, out Thursday 5 February.

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