Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is without a doubt the film which we’re most looking forward to. Compared to the unremarkable Hollywood flicks we usually see in Reel Toronto, it is virtually a Platonic Ideal.
Slashfilm scored the first official stills from the much-anticipated film, which has been getting great buzz already from the likes of Jason Reitman. The first shot (at top, above) has a bunch of cast members in it but who cares about that? Far more exciting is that it takes place in their eerily faithful recreation of 1990s-era Lee’s Palace. The second shot (at top, below), apparently from the battle in the finale, was done on a sound-stage—almost certainly Pinewood, formerly known as Filmport.
We’ll have to see how the film turns out, but for those who don’t know, the books are about loveable slacker Scott Pilgrim and his relationship problems. More specifically, he finds himself falling for Ramona Flowers but must battle her seven ex-boyfriends to win her love. Everything suddenly breaks from reality into these awesome video game–style battles (one is on the Casa Loma steps), and the fact that Cera is wielding some kind of lightsaber here gives us hope they know just what they’re doing.
If you don’t understand why we’re so excited, realize that Scott Pilgrim is set in Toronto, filmed in Toronto, and based on graphic novels by a dude from Toronto. Sloan’s Chris Murphy coached the kids on how to look like they’re in a band, and Metric and Broken Social Scene are among those providing the soundtrack.
If that’s not good enough (and it is, children!), you also have that the film is directed by the super-cool Edgar Wright, who hosted a film festival when he was here filming, and that it has a great cast including Michael Cera (from Brampton, but close enough), Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman (who you can see atop the pyramid in that one shot). Wright has also promised that the Lee’s Palace mural, lost to progress and burritos, is preserved on celluloid.
We eagerly followed the shoot while it was happening, and while there’s no official North American release date yet, the United Kingdom is getting it in August—so we’re almost ready.