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Netflix’s Scott Pilgrim Takes Off Isn’t Just a Movie Rehash


Exclusive: Scott Pilgrim Takes Off co-showrunners and producers Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski discuss their Netflix anime adaptation.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
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It’s been 13 years since the popular comic book series Scott Pilgrim, created by Bryan Lee O’Malley, was adapted into cult classic live-action film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. O’Malley and co-showrunner BenDavid Grabinski are bringing a new vision of Scott Pilgrim to life on Netflix this November with the eagerly anticipated original anime series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, crafting an engagingly fresh take on O’Malley’s action-packed coming-of-age story. The duo aren’t alone, with filmmaker Edgar Wright, who helmed Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, joining the anime production as an executive producer, along with the fan-favorite cast from the 2010 movie reprising their roles.

For the uninitiated, Scott Pilgrim follows the eponymous 20-something as he and his band try to make a name for themselves in their native Toronto. After falling hard for local delivery carrier Ramona Flowers, Scott must prove his worth by fighting her Evil Exes in progressively more intense video game-inspired battles. However, Scott has to ask hard questions about his own sense of self-worth as he endures a whole line of kinetic and stylish showdowns.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off follows not only Wright’s 2010 film but also a well-received video game, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, which had its own distinct take on O’Malley’s original story. For O’Malley, himself a longtime anime fan, he and Grabinski wanted to take full advantage of the anime format and explore a creative freshness to the familiar narrative.

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