Wow, in a few short hours, SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD finally opens and Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley can stop their incessant promotional wanderings over the face of the earth. In future years, this will always be known as “Scott Pilgrim Week,” a mystical, magical time of love and exploration and kung fu training.
So much has happened, is happening. Some linkie winkins. ABOVE — a super-amazing remake of the live-action SPvsTW trailer using the comics — wow, it really is just like the book.
OH, SPEAKING OF THE MOVIE, The Beat has seen it! And despite all the hype, hype, hype, it was wonderfully charming and fun. WE may have a longer review tomorrow, but for now we give it a “Go see it opening night!” rating. Show the Expendables who’s boss!
The app is free, along with the first 37 pages of the first volume and the Free Comic Book Day comic that’s set between volumes 3 and 4. The first five volumes can be downloaded for $6.99 each, while the sixth and last one costs $11.99. Created by Comixology, the app hits on the same day that the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World video game arrives on the PlayStation Network and, of course, just a few days before Scott Pilgrim vs. the World arrives in theaters.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game — an arcade style 8-bit action romp, went on sale as a Playstation 3 download today. It’s available for XBox 360 on August 25th.
You could — and many did — stream the whole SPvsTW soundtrack AND score today. The soundtrack is a must buy and “Garbage Truck” is our favorite cut. The LA Times blog talks to music supervisor Nigel Godrich about how it all happened.
Comics Alliance had the pitch demo for the game.
Commentary is all over the place. This SFGate blogger ties SPvsTW in with the dawn of a new culture, celebrity sighting at Comic-Con and paternalistic douchiness before it all explodes in a shower of heart-shaped sparks:
Now, comic books, still left for dead by some, have become the platform for a perfect fusion of Hollywood, cartoon art, and storytelling. Indeed, comic books aren’t dead at all, but more the start of a multi-platform life that goes something like this: print, then screen, then computer and Internet.
The Scott Pilgrim Film is not just the salvation of the comic book industry — it is the salvation of the Toronto tourist trade!
As a result, tourism officials are hoping the movie causes an influx of fanboy tourism like the Twilight series has done to the poor people of Forks, Wash. “The initiative came about because we all wanted to promote this new movie that essentially uses Toronto as a character in the film,” Joel Peters of Tourism Toronto told Metro. Peters is involved with a campaign designed to encourage fans to geek out about Scott Pilgrim all over the city this summer.
Yet ANOTHER piece in the LA Times talks to Oni’s Joe Nozemack:
“Scott Pilgrim” has been your bestselling book, but it’s still relatively unknown to most people. What was the process like getting it made?
It was the first thing that Closed on Mondays set up back in 2004. [Director] Edgar Wright was attached from the beginning but he had to do “Hot Fuzz” first.
We had sold “Scott Pilgrim” after only the first book was done, so the fact that Edgar was committed to another movie allowed Bryan [Lee O’Malley] to get further ahead on the books and then work with Edgar to incorporate that material into the movie.
WHEW! More Scott Pilgrim soon!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.