Entertainment Weekly : 2020-07-01

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movies we love there’s a tortoisean­d-a-hare aspect. opened at number eight. didn’t even crack the top 10. I don’t know why I picked two John Carpenter movies, no disrespect to him. I don’t think a sequel is a reality. In my limited understand­ing of the film industry, when a movie doesn’t really explode at the box office, it’s hard for anybody to get behind a sequel. There was a plan to rerelease the movie in August in a 4K version. I doubt the August day will happen, because we can’t physically get together to remaster it. But the plan is to still release it at the cinemas when cinemas are back and running. I would like to revisit the characters [in comic form] and see what they’re up to. I sketched Scott early in the pandemic with a huge beard. I think that would be a funny image. There’s some plans—and there’s nothing official yet—but there are some plans to revisit the material in an animation way. We’ve been talking with Bryan and with Jared for a while [about]: What if we did something with the books in anime form? It’s being discussed as we speak. The Marvel fan base is rabid, but the fandom is just as dedicated and loyal as any fandom I’ve ever seen. There’s something about that’s not like anything else, and a lot of people are looking for that. They feel they’re not like anybody else or they feel their tastes don’t really line up with what is being made right now. You see that movie and you think, Oh God, this speaks to me; this is what I’ve been looking for! There’s still an email chain that started 10 years ago. The entire cast is on it. To this day, everyone still “replies all” to a lot of emails. I’m incredibly proud of the movie. The fact that you’re not doing a 10th-anniversar­y article about says it all. ← Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) side-eyes one of her many Evil Exes, Gideon (Jason Schwartzma­n); Edgar Wright (center) gets Sex Bob-omb ready for action From top The Thing Big Trouble in Little China email from Marc Platt, one of the film’s producers, on the Friday asking Universal to put more into the spend and predicting doom for the weekend. And I thought— naively—I thought, Well, it’s only Friday morning, how could they know? They know. It opened at number five. It’s that thing where it becomes a bit of a punch line. I’ve never liked Seth MacFarlane, because that weekend he tweeted “Scott Pilgrim 0, the World 2.” I was like, f--- you. And then I lay in wait until came out, or whatever it was called, and I rubbed my hands with glee. I didn’t tweet anything because I’m not a total monster. But Monday morning Michael Moses sent an email with three words. It was one of the sweetest emails I’ve ever gotten from anybody in the industry. It said, “Years, not days.” You always wonder: If you had a chance to redo a campaign, what would you do differentl­y? I hate that I don’t have an answer for you. I think it may have just been truly a movie that was ahead of its time. So, maybe I would have put it out 10 years later! CERA [Laughs] WHY I FELL LOVE IN WITH SCOTT PILGRIM WRIGHT DARREN FRANICH ON HOW EW CRITIC THIS OUTRAGEOUS BOX OFFICE FLOP BECAME A BELOVED CULT CLASSIC “WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB! ONE! TWO!! THREE!!! FOUR !!!! ” That’s Kim Pine (Alison Pill) roaring into opening number, words blasting on screen as she slams her sticks together. Every instrument blares a mosh pit of lightning bolts. The titular bassist, Michael Cera, hops around like someone’s tapping his jump button. Sex Bob-omb are a garage band without a garage, but Edgar Wright stages their performanc­e with the stylistic exuberance of pre– Frank Miller comics and the cranked-up fuzz of rock before blogs. Call it Nintendo Punk. The whole film’s a feast of omnicultur­al excess, rewarding anime heads, Richard Linklater diehards, and anyone who ever hated sellouts. There’s a wistfulnes­s, too, maybe more obvious now that the all-star cast resemble Baby Mario versions of their 2020 selves. This Toronto is a snow-globed ’90s: video arcades, record-store dates, an alt-weekly everyone reads. The nostalgia has a purpose, and you remember that Cera was setting his quirky persona on fire. Scott dates a high schooler (louse!), and he cheats on a high schooler (double louse!). Call him morally ambiguous, but offers a smartly skewed perspectiv­e on twentysome­thing angst. “We all have baggage,” Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) tells Scott. Their past haunts their future, every ex another bad decision coming back to jump-kick them in the face. Hipster confession: The box office failure felt somehow. “I’m what’s hip! I’m what’s happening,” screams Jason Schwartzma­n’s villainous Gideon. The movie rejects his soul-selling corporate godhood; the market’s rejection made the movie a cult sensation. Revisiting it now is a (virtual) quarantine-breaking social event. The superpower­ed duels are really just a series of weird nights out, at bars and clubs, on dance floors and main stages. You don’t just rewatch You return to the party it’s always throwing. 8 Million Ways to Die in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’s the West O’MALLEY [Laughs] WRIGHT MOSES EVANS Scott Pilgrim SECOND THE WIND WINSTEAD Scott Scott Pilgrim — Pilgrim Wright’s movie rapidly acquired the status of a cult classic—and a decade on, it’s possible this Pilgrim might progress even further. I think the first article that said it was a cult classic came out maybe three months later. O’MALLEY right [Laughs] When the DVD came out, we did a press tour, just carried on promoting it like nothing had happened! basically never left release. The New Beverly [Los Angeles repertory cinema] had it on [at] midnight, and it started playing at other places. With most of the WRIGHT SCHWARTZMA­N [Laughs] Scott Pilgrim WRIGHT Scott Pilgrim. The Expendable­s EW ● COM JULY 2020 43

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