Inside ‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’: The Makers and Stars Explain Their ‘Alternate-Reality Sequel,’ and Why They Kept It a Secret
21.11.2023 - 03:35
SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses several major plot developments throughout the animated series “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” currently streaming on Netflix. On a bright day in late October, the creators of the new Netflix anime series “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski, sit inside a Los Angeles arcade bar, trying to look relaxed. “This is going to be a relief,” Grabinski says. But he doesn’t look quite convinced.
On its face, their show is the second adaptation of O’Malley’s beloved “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novel series, about the titular 20-something Canadian, his new American girlfriend, Ramona, and his quest to defeat her seven evil exes to stay with her. The first adaptation, of course, is director Edgar Wright’s 2010 cult movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” But even though the entire cast of that film — including Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza — returned to voice their characters, O’Malley and Grabinski scrupulously avoided discussing what their show was actually about.
That is, until their interview with Variety, which they agreed to do only if it ran after the Nov. 17 premiere. That’s because, unlike in the books and the movie, Scott (Michael Cera) doesn’t defeat Ramona’s seven exes in “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.” Instead, at the end of the first episode, he loses his first battle to Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha) and disappears.
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