As luck would have it, Michael Cera accidentally resurrected the long-lost “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” cast email chain right before Netflix bought their brand-new “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off” anime series, which will feature the actors from the original movie in voice roles. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the franchise’s creator Bryan Lee O’Malley disclosed the serendipity, stating that the cast member Chris Evans had amusingly called out Cera since the long-dormant email chain’s resurgence seemed so unlikely.
O’Malley remarked, “The cast have spoken about this email chain a lot but there’s one detail that I don’t think anyone has mentioned, we were exchanging emails when the movie was coming out, and then this thread went dormant for about nine years. Then, before this anime was even on the docket, Michael Cera responded to a meme someone had sent as if no time had passed. He just said, ‘Oh, that’s funny.’ Chris Evans responded like, ‘Michael, what the fuck are you doing responding to this email from nine years ago?’ And then we all started chatting again. We were all pretty young when we made the movie. We all felt like family and I think we have ever since.”
The “Scott Pilgrim” cast began communicating more frequently once Cera decided to restart the email chain. For the Netflix original movie, “Scott Pilgrim Takes Off,” which O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski collaborated on, they are now completely back together. Cera, Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman were among the actors who appeared in Edgar Wright’s original movie. They are all back to reprise their voices for the anime series, as requested by O’Malley in a letter.
Grabinski asserts that the anime contains even more grand scene pieces than the movie. When working with the animators, he remarked, “We would write a fight scene and encourage them to do whatever they wanted with it. Next thing you know, you would get thousands of storyboards that would blow our mind with stuff that we never expected, and we would start rewriting based on their boards. Everything just kept on getting bigger and bigger and bigger. Each one of these episodes, if they were live action, would cost $100 million.”