After Universal Pictures took a financial hit with The Wolf Man and Green Zone this year, it looks like comedies will have to help pull the company out of the red. We gave you a pretty good indication of this with an early review of MacGruber, a comedy that Val Kilmer has said is the best comedic script he’s read since Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Later this summer from Universal we can expect Nicholas Stoller’s follow-up to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, and Sean Combs. (Watch the red band trailer)
But it is this other project, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, that is really exciting. It is Edgar Wright’s third directorial feature (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) and it has a great vibe to it.
It opens on August 13 and stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman.
Based on the Oni Press comic, the story revolves around the charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (“Hot Fuzz,” “Shaun of the Dead”) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass–and now is back in town–to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.
As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past–from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.
Travis Leamons is one of the Inside Pulse Originals and currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Inside Pulse Movies. He's told that the position is his until he's dead or if "The Boss" can find somebody better. I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!