Netflix, Universal Develop Scott Pilgrim Anime Series With Science SARU
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The Hollywood Reporter magazine reported on Friday that Netflix and Universal Studio Group's Universal Content Productions (UCP) are developing an anime series of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. O'Malley is writing the project and serving as executive producer with BenDavid Grabinski (new Are You Afraid of the Dark? series). If the project gets a series order, O'Malley and Grabinski would also be the showrunners. Japan's Science SARU (DEVILMAN crybaby, The Heike Story, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) would animate the project with its CEO Eunyoung Choi as producer and Abel Góngora (Star Wars: Visions' "TO-B1") as director.
Edgar Wright, the director and co-writer of the 2010 live-action film adaptation, will also be an executive producer with his producing partner Nira Park, the film's co-writer Michael Bacall, and Marc Platt Productions' Marc Platt, Jared LeBoff, and Adam Seigel.
Scott Pilgrim is the story of a 20-something Toronto indie rocker's adventures in getting and keeping jobs, avoiding being kicked out of his apartment, and surviving encounters with the seven evil exes of the new girl in town on whom he has a crush.
Wright had hinted in 2020 that there were "some plans to revisit the material in an animation way. [...] We've been talking with Bryan and with Jared for a while [about]: What if we did something with the books in anime form? It's being discussed as we speak."
O'Malley published the original Harvey Award-winning, manga-influenced Scott Pilgrim graphical novel series from 2004 to 2010. The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World film opened in 2010, and it spawned the "Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation" short from Titmouse that same year. Ubisoft Montreal also developed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game in 2010.
O'Malley contributed an original cover illustration to the March 2008 issue of Viz's Shojo Beat magazine. The issue included an interview with O'Malley, an art tutorial, and a short four-panel comic by him. In 2018, Anime News Network interviewed O'Malley about his work and his manga influences.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter