"An epic of epic epicness" - One-sheet for SCOT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD debuts!

Out of all the alumnus of hit sitcom Spaced, the career path that most intrigues me will be that of Edgar Wright. Thus far, Wright has made two awesome forays into the cinema, with Simon Pegg/Nick Frost buddy pics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz(third installment World's End doing the pre-pre-production rumblings), he's also partially responsible - alongside Joe Cornish and new Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat - for the screenplay of Steven Spielberg's installment of Tintin. Of course he's also had Ant-Man and Them in development for a while. This year however sees the release of Wright's first big step outside of his quaint, English comfort zone and into the big, brash world of Hollywood, albeit in an off-beat, slacker kind of way.... Wright has teased us seemingly forever with blogged pictures and erratic videos about the behind-the-scenes development of his debut American feature; Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. An official website and poster have cropped up at: http://www.scottpilgrimthemovie.com... With the early August release date looming, surely a teaser trailer is just around the corner? This image is neatly iconic, with a wry tag-line, but everything here merely hints at and barely gives any insight to the film's rather madcap plotline in which a slacker (Michael Cera) has to defeat a girl's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart. A rather tasty looking teaser image that surfaced a while ago depicted Cera running up a delightfully retro neon lit wall holding a flaming sword, and gave a hint at the video-game inspired action beats that this film promises.... How Wright's Sam Raimi influenced directorial style will adapt itself around the twee Anime look of Bryan Lee O'Malley's original graphic novels still remains to be seen, hopefully things won't be too Speed Racer. But, the source material ticks many of the boxes that Wright has always professed fanboy adoration for. In some respects it may not really matter how Pilgrim fares, as Wright will have his partnership with Pegg to fall back on, but whilst Pegg's career outside of Wright seems slightly too commercially driven, it's more exciting - for me - to see Wright bring his eager, geeky sensibilities to a range of potential projects that could live or die on Pilgrim's box-office. Ant-Man, Them and whatever else Wright has affinity for needs this movie to do well.

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