Michael Cera in talks to play Scott Pilgrim

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) is in final negotiations to star in the Edgar Wright-helmed Scott Pilgrim’s [Precious] Little Life.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, if you are sadly unaware, is a blend of teen drama (yes, even though he’s 23) and video game-styled martial arts hijinks (yes, hijinks), and it’s one of the most fun comics of recent years. The comics’ official site sums up the series thusly:

Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year-old guy living in the big city with his gay roommate, just trying to make his way in this crazy world.

Scott Pilgrim likes the new girl in town, Ramona Flowers, but to win her heart, he has to defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Wait, what?

This project, an adaptation of the first book in the six-volume series (of which four have been released), has been on the slow cooker for a couple of years now, so it’s good to hear some rumblings in the casting arena. Cera is very funny, but he seems a bit sleepy to play the borderline hyperactive Pilgrim. Who knows, though? Maybe Cera will surprise us with some actual range.

Cera has at least two projects on his slate before Scott Pilgrim happens, though: Year One with Jack Black and Youth in Revolt for Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl). Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) is also attached to Marvel’s Ant Man and an original sci-fi comedy, Them, but has nothing set for his next project, but the HR article mentions that they’re "eyeing a fall start" on Scott Pilgrim, so if this actually moves forward, it’s likely to be this.

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 07:35 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-03-19 at 08:08
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    I’ve only read the first book of Scott Pilgrim, but I’m surprised that they’re making a movie of it. It just seems like something that would be hard to translate, due to it’s near-schizophrenic style. And I really hope that Cera can pull it off. Lord knows he can play the awkward guy.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-19 at 08:14
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    You think? Ever since I first hear it had been optioned, it made sense to me: it’s funny, twenty-something relationship drama with kung fu fightin’ and video game references.

    I think if anybody can pull of a film version, it’s Edgar Wright; his Spaced (with Simon Pegg) is hilarious and kind of has a similar tone (albeit without kung fu), in some ways:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHc0VDdhXVQ

  3. Written by Caolan
    on 2008-03-20 at 20:54
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    It’s definitely a good series, although I’m curious what direction they’ll take it. The series is still running, right?

    I am all too familiar with Spaced. It’s yet more proof that England is far more capable of producing sitcoms than the US is. I’m actually surprised that they didn’t try to Americanize that series. It worked for the Office, and I hear they did it to The IT Crowd (although I’m afraid for that one.) Anyway, Edgar Wright has a really nice style, and it’s a good series, so I have some hope for this movie.

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-20 at 21:19
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    Actually, there ARE plans to Americanize Spaced.

    Here’s the deal from Simon Pegg himself:

    UPDATE: At the time of writing I was not aware that Jessica and myself, will in fact receive some payment for the use of our ideas. The issue however remains one of principal and respect rather than one of compensation.
    Thoughts on the subject of an American Spaced. Feel free to skip to the end.

    Now that the pilot has been officially announced, I thought it might be a good idea to clarify my position on the subject. The whole affair seems to have inspired some spirited debate and some heartening displays of loyalty and love. All this for a show which is almost 10 years old, is all rather wonderful and a vindication of all the blood, sweat and tears (both of joy and pain) we shed in the show’s creation. It was always our aim to create a comedy which spoke to its audience on such a personal level, it almost felt one on one. It would seem the fan reaction to the news that Fox has appropriated the format, confirms at least, that we succeeded.

    As far as remaking TV shows for different territories is concerned, I don’t have a problem. The Office remake being a perfect example. Yes, the original British version is a wonderful and compact piece of comedy writing and performance, but I think it’s bit much to expect a large scale American television audience to fully relate to the minutiae of day-to-day business life in an obscure British suburb. I’m sure if you’re reading this, you are the type of person who takes pleasure in the variety of entertainment you enjoy, relishing the differences between our various cultural touchstones but there is a massive audience out there, which perhaps isn’t as culturally savvy (euphemistic phrase for ‘geeky’) as we are and need their signifiers to be a little more familiar. So, Slough is replaced by Scranton, and the office archetypes become a little more archetypal to an American audience. The spirit of the show remains intact. The performances are uniformly great and the show scores big ratings and wins EMMYs, whether we as comedy purists prefer the original or not. The success of the remake is born out by it’s undoubted success and appeal.

    My main problem with the notion of a Spaced remake is the sheer lack of respect that Granada/ Wonderland/Warner Bros have displayed in respectively selling out and appropriating our ideas without even letting us know. A decision I can only presume was made as a way of avoiding having to give us any money, whilst at the same time using mine and Edgar’s name in their press release, in order to trade on the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, even professing, as Peter Johnson did, to being a big fan of the show and it’s creators. A device made all the more heinous by the fact that the press release neglected to mention the show’s co-creator and female voice, Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson). The fact is, when we signed our contracts ten years ago, we had neither the experience or the kudos to demand any clauses securing any control over future reversioning. We signed away our rights to any input in the show’s international future, because we just wanted to get the show made and these dark days of legal piracy seemed a far away concern. As a result, we have no rights. The show does not belong to us and, those that do own it have no obligation to include us in any future plans. You would perhaps hope though, out of basic professional respect and courtesy, we might have been consulted. It is this flagrant snub and effective vote of no confidence in the very people that created the show, that has caused such affront at our end. If they don’t care about the integrity of the original, why call it Spaced? Why attempt to find some validation by including mine and Edgar’s names in the press release as if we were involved? Why not just lift the premise? Two strangers, pretend to be a couple in order to secure residence of a flat/apartment. It’s hardly Ibsen. Jess and I specifically jumped off from a very mainstream sitcom premise in order to unravel it so completely. Take it, have it, call it Perfect Strangers and hope Balkie doesn’t sue. Just don’t call it Spaced.

    It’s a shame, since the pilot is now a certainty, whether we like it or not, a simple phone call and a few reassurances might have helped to at least curtail the tide of indignation from fans and creators alike. I have, as of yet, heard nothing.

    Simon Pegg

  5. Written by Lethal Interjection
    on 2008-04-01 at 00:24
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    I love that pic. Partly because it is a good one, but mostly because it is classic Brampton, Ontario. I’m from there, and the housing style is so characteristic. Makes me laugh.

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