As it made its way to this week’s screen debut, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” faced a challenge that comes with all adaptations from comics to film: How faithful do you stay to the established, beloved source material and how much do you strike out on your own, creating new plotlines and aesthetics?
There’s no one answer. “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” drew deep inspiration from classic DC Comics issues, while “Wanted” strayed far from its original basis. But it’s always interesting to see where filmmakers draw their creative lines. In adapting Bryan Lee O’Malley’s six-volume “Scott Pilgrim” graphic novel series, Edgar Wright decided to compress six books into one film, and as a result had to ditch a slew of storylines.
At the same time, he and his team stayed extremely faithful to the series, incorporating dialogue, major plotlines and O’Malley’s manga-style look. MTV News’ Splash Page blog, which has been providing inexhaustible coverage on the books and the film for two years, put together a very cool video that explores these very questions and makes clear that the novels and the movie share a lot in common.
“You have to have that graphic novel as your base,” visual effects supervisor Frazer Churchill told MTV News. “And Edgar made it clear he wanted to be very, very faithful to the comics. And if you compare the [movie's] finished frames to the comic book panels, it’s pretty much spot on.”
“But when you’re adapting black and white lines on a page into a colorful film image, there’s a lot to do in translation,” he added. “You’re mixing photographing real people, adding visual effects and so much more in order to realize a simple drawing on the screen.”
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