An anime series based on Scott Pilgrim, the hit graphic novel series by artist and writer Bryan Lee O’Malley, is currently being developed for Netflix. O’Malley and Ben David Grabinski, the showrunner behind the Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival, are both set to write and executive produce the series should it move forward, with anime house Science SARU on set to provide the animation work. The studio is known for having produced such works as Devilman Crybaby, Ping Pong The Animation, Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizouken, and many more.
A ‘SCOTT PILGRIM’ anime series is in the works at Netflix.
Creators Bryan Lee O'Malley and BenDavid Grabinski will write and executive produce the series.
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The band members from the 2010 live-action film adaptation are also confirmed to be on hand for involvement in the anime.
The original Scott Pilgrim centered on the titular slacker, who plays as part of a garage band named Sex Bob-omb with his friends and lives a relatively laid back but lonely life. That is until he meets Ramona Flowers, an American girl with a rather different air about her who is recently single. But before their love can blossom, Pilgrim finds himself challenged by Ramon’s seven ex-boyfriends, who he now must battle and defeat in a series of zany, over-the-top challenges to prove he is worthy of Ramona’s love.
The series was released in a total of six volumes between 2004 and 2010, and quickly from a small indie hit into a pop culture and publishing phenomenon, selling millions of copies and, as mentioned, being later adapted into both a video game and a movie titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, by director Edgar Wright, which soon became a cult classic upon a release. Named after the second volume, the film featured Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Flowers, and a diverse cast that included Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, and Brie Larson, among many others.
Considering many of O’Malley’s influences when creating the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel were inspired by Japanese anime and manga, something that can be seen in his work, it is perhaps only fitting that an anime adaption is on the horizon.