“I’ve been very involved. I’ve been much more involved than I ever imagined I would be. From scripts, to art direction, I’ve been there all along.”
So said cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley in an interview with Total Film this June, discussing his involvement in transferring his comic book creation Scott Pilgrim to cinema.
In a sign of just how much authority comics now wield within the movie world, the Canadian writer and artist found himself sucked into Hollywood in order to help director Edgar Wright shepherd Pilgrim onto the big screen.
And by all accounts it’s one of the truest, most source-material-honouring comic adaps ever to grace the screen. Not that it was easy – a gruelling six month shoot nearly had Wright ODing on Espresso shots (alright, not really), while fans were nonplussed with the casting of go-to-geekazoid Michael Cera in the lead.
Still, the flick already has celebrity groupies in fanboys Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, while director Jason Reitman caught an early cut of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and he’s not held back the praise…
“It’s a game changer for Edgar and the genre,” he Tweeted last year. “It’s the first all encompassing film of the joystick generation.”
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