In a brand new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley gave some insight on how the upcoming Netflix series came to be.
“I was very nervous,” says O’Malley. “I didn’t know we would get anyone, or especially everyone. We just started asking, and Edgar asked, and I wrote a really nice letter, and everyone just very very kindly and very promptly said yes.”
O’Malley believes their cause was aided by the revival of an old email chain which had been set up around the time of the movie’s release to connect the film’s principals. “The cast have spoken about this email chain a lot but there’s one detail that I don’t think anyone has mentioned,” he says. “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 f— are you doing responding to this email from nine years ago?’ And then we all started chatting again.” O’Malley explains that working with the cast on the TV show felt like reconnecting with family, in a good way. “We were all pretty young when we made the movie,” says O’Malley. “We all felt like family and I think we have ever since.”
Executive producer BenDavid Grabinski also chimed in on his excitement of getting the entire cast back together to reprise their roles.
“I remember sitting in Bryan’s office when we started to see the emails of people saying that they were interested,” says Grabinski. “I literally screamed. That was the first point where we felt like, okay, this could be a cool show.”
Be sure to head to the gallery to check out the brand new stills and stream the show beginning November 17.