Scott Pilgrim is preparing to take his career to the next level at Netflix. That’s right, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved graphic novel series is said to have a TV show on the streaming platform – and it’ll be an anime to boot.
According to Hollywood journalist (THR), Netflix and Universal Content Productions (UCP), who co-developed Netflix’s live-action adaptation of The Umbrella Academy, are collaborating on an animated series by Scott Pilgrim.
Unlike Edgar Wright’s film adaptation, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020, O’Malley is said to have a bigger role in the development of the TV show. According to THR report, O’Malley – creator, comic artist Scott Pilgrim and Head Writer – Will write and executive produce the Netflix animated series. O’Malley had simply served as a creative consultant on the cult 2010 film.
BenDavid Grabinski, writer-producer on Happily and Are You Afraid of the Dark ?, will play the role of showrunner. Meanwhile, Japanese animation studio Science SARU was approached to create the visuals for the show, with studio employees Abel Gongora and Eunyoung Choi serving as director and producer, respectively.
It is currently not clear whether Netflix will give the green light to an anime by Scott Pilgrim, with THR claiming that Netflix has yet to officially give the project a series order. If that were the case, we suspect Scott Pilgrim will be on our best Netflix TV show list in time, alongside other hit animated series including Arcane, as well as our best animated list.
Analysis: Scott Pilgrim is perfect for an anime adaptation
While it hasn’t been given the green light yet, a Scott Pilgrim animated series looks like a great idea.
We’ve already had a glimpse of what the Scott Pilgrim comic book series would like as an animated production. To coincide with the film’s release in the summer of 2010, Ubisoft released a side-scrolling video game that was also based on the work of O’Malley.
The initial title Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which was acclaimed by fans and critics alike, did a great job of capturing the resemblance to the graphic novel of the characters from the series. If Netflix and UCP go ahead with their Scott Pilgrim anime plans, Ubisoft’s game – along with the source material from O’Malley – would be a good place to start regarding the aesthetic, style, and feel. tone of the series.
As much as Wright’s film provided tons of fan service throughout its nearly two-hour span, an anime by Scott Pilgrim would allow O’Malley, Grabinski, and company to really dig into the weird and quirky sensibilities of the movie. comic series.
O’Malley has often discussed how Japanese manga has largely inspired the design of Scott Pilgrim’s story, characters, facial expressions, themes, and art style. The main influences of the comic book series, O’Malley revealed, include Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahasi, the works of Osamu Tezuka (aka the “godfather of manga”), and even Japanese role-playing games inspired by manga (JRPG) such as Koudelka of Yuji Iwahara.
Considering the influence of manga and anime on O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim comics, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see his series turn into a Netflix anime.
The ingredients are already present in the source material (and the Scott Pilgrim game, to some extent) to show that a Scott Pilgrim anime could function as an animated series. And, with Netflix having great success with recent anime offerings including Castlevania, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, and The Witcher spinoff movie Nightmare of the Wolf, the streamer seems to be making a good home for a Scott Pilgrim anime. .
So we’re hoping that Netflix will give the series the green light, so we can shout out iconic lines like “We are Sex Bob-omb!”, “Bread makes you fat !?” and “I’m a lesbian with you” as we watch.