Wright, Cera Taking On 'Pilgrim'

March 19, 2008

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With Hollywood's glittering paw pressed firmly to the pulse of the hip, Universal has recognized that there may be some money to be had in these "graphic novels" that everyone seems to be talking about these days. The studio is hoping to start production this fall on an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's indie pseudo-Manga Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life. But before you start fretting that your favorite story of a slacker forced to battle his dream girl's seven evil ex-boyfriends will be crushed in the movie machine, listen to this: it turns out it's being handled correctly! Universal has attached Shaun of the Dead's talented Edgar Wright to direct, with everyone's favorite awkward underdog incarnate, Michael Cera, in final talks to take on the title role.

It's sort of a double-edged sword: I'm excited for the possibilities inherent in another* Wright/Cera collaboration, but as someone who's had absolutely no interest in Pilgrim since flipping through it at a friend's place, I'm also thinking, "Great, now I'll have to f***ing read it." Do any fans of the series have a more informed opinion?

*Another collaboration, you (I) say? The first is under the cut!

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