According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix and Universal Content Productions were previously responsible for shows such as Happy! and The Umbrella Academy. They are now developing an anime series that is based on Scott Pilgrim.
Although it’s early days, Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of comics, is reportedly lined up to executive produce and write the series. Science Saru, a Japanese studio that previously produced Devilman Crybaby on Netflix, is ready to animated it.
Scott Pilgrim comics were strongly influenced by videogames. A sidescrolling beat-em up followed the live-action film in 2010, but it was only released on PC in 2021. It’s a perfect fit for Netflix, which is now home to quality game-adjacent series such as The Witcher and anime adaptations of games such as Castlevania, Dota: Dragon’s Blood and Arcane.
Steven Messner was extremely impressed by League of Legends spinoff Arcane. He said in our review: “Even though Arcane’s emotional core may not connect with you at the same level, I encourage everyone to watch it for the animation alone.” Riot’s partnership with French animation studio Fortiche produced some great trailers. But Arcane is on a level I haven’t seen other than big-budget Pixar or Dreamworks movies. The exquisite hand-painted artwork is rich and beautiful. There’s also a masterful use of lighting to create striking contrasts, especially in the Undercity’s neon greens. Importantly, 3D modelling of characters is expressive and helps sell tragic moments. Arcane looks so damn cool.”