by Chris Eaton- Source: Edgarwrighthere.com
I fell in love with Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim books about seven months ago. Edgar Wright, who directed the modern classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, took on the comic as his next film project almost two years ago. Since then, he’s been hard at work casting and filming the seemingly unfilmable story. The best way I could describe what the book’s action entails is similar to that of KungFu Hustle. So, it’s been a long and hard road for Wright getting this film made.
The wonderful thing about Wright is that he’s been chronicling the production of the film for the last year on his website. He’ll occasionally release behind the scenes video or stills from the set, but the other day, he released what is the very first finished image from the film its self.
Just a thing of beauty! From the looks of the shot, it appears to be the scene in the book where Scott and the gang hang out at the club that his ex-girlfriend Envy Adam’s band, The Clash at Demonhead, is playing.
Now I haven’t been covering any of the updates as, well, I would rather wait for some finished material to start coming out before I jumped on what will be a massive band wagon of coverage for this flick. Now that this first of what will probably many more images and soon-to-be trailers has started to roll out, expect a lot more coverage on this site for this film. Easily one of the most anticipated films of 2010, at least for me personally.
If you haven’t read any of the books, they are just works of pure genius. Here’s the gist from Wikipedia:
The series is about 24-year-old Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker, hero, and part-time bassist who is living in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the band “Sex Bob-Omb.” He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona V. Flowers, but must defeat her seven “evil exes ” in order to date her.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of this series. This book is the crescendo of the modern geek generation. With witty dialog, references to all things geek, and just a dash of Street Fighter-style fighting. Much like Wright’s BBC series he did with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Spaced, this is sure to be a film that will define a generation.
The film stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona V Flowers, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Mark Webber as Stephan Stills, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, Johnny Simmons as “Young” Neil Nordegraf and Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves, the leader of Ramona’s evil ex boyfriends. The film is set to premier sometime in 2010.