A Scott Pilgrim Anime Series Being Developed for Netflix

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Continuing to add onto its’ anime collection, Netflix will be bringing back Scott Pilgrim as an anime series. The creator and artist of the graphic novels, Bryan Lee O’Malley, will be writing and executive producing with BenDavid Grabinski. Grabinski was the showrunner behind the revival of Are You Afraid of the Dark? for Nickelodeon. O’Malley and Grabinski will showrun the series if the project continues to move forward. Japanese animation studio Science SARU, located in Tokyo, Japan, will be providing the animation work. The company’s co-founder Eunyoung Choi will be the producer.

The director of the series will be Abel Gongora. Gongora began his work in animation as a location designer, and later an animator, at Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. He then moved onto a French animation studio named Ankama. Ankama had opened up a subsidiary in Japan, taking along with them 25 European animators to the Tokyo studio, working alongside a team of Japanese artists. After the studio closed, this would eventually lead Gongora to become one of the first of five staff members to join Science SARU (Science Monkey in English) in 2014.

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Given how much influence manga and anime had on the creation of his graphic novel series, it feels rather fitting to have a production company in Japan doing the animation.

Band members from the 2010 movie “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” will be involved with the development of the anime. Wright and producing partner Nira Park will receive exec producer credits along with Marc Platt, Jared LeBoff, and Adam Seigel of Marc Platt Productions, and Michael Bacall.

Scott Pilgrim centers on the main character as a slacker living in Toronto and in a garage band called Sex Bob-Omb with his friends. His life is turned upside down when he meets Ramona Flowers, an American girl who is recently single. But before their love can blossom, Pilgrim finds himself challenged by his love’s seven previous relationships, and must defeat them in over-the-top fashion.

Six volumes of the series were published by Oni Press between 2004 and 2010, with the graphic novels not just becoming indie comic hits but a publishing phenomenon that broke out into the mainstream, selling millions of copies.

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Although the 2010 movie bombed at the box office, it eventually gained a cult following. The movie cast included Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Flowers, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman and Brie Larson.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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