Who would’ve thought that a game starring Michael Cera, Kieren Culkin, and Jason Schwartzman would get optioned as a video game by UbiSoft, the developer who’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Call of Juarez? Apparently Universal did, as they’re already planning a game to coincide with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World‘s theatrical release in 2010.
Universal’s live action film is based on a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, and has won several awards including a Harvey Award, Wizard’s Indie Book of the Year, and Entertainment Weekly’s Independent Comic of the Year. In the film, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has just met the girl of his dreams (Live Free or Die Hard’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead) only to find out that her seven evil ex boyfriends are coming to kill him.
According to the Bill Kispert, Vice President, Interactive, Universal Partnership and Licensing, they are all excited for the film and gameL
“We were hooked on Scott Pilgrim from our first read of the comics and script. The storyline mirrors the escalating structure of a video game, and it is filled with clever homage to video game culture. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ubisoft to bring fans a thoroughly entertaining interactive experience.”
No word yet on what the mechanics of the game will be, but due to the abundance of classic video game references in the book, expect to see a send up to the old 2D side-scrollers of the 80’s. Also, there is no word yet on a specific platform, or if the game will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace of the Playstation Network. More news is sure to follow.
The film, adapted and directed by Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright, started shooting in March and is expected to hit screens mid-2010, which will coincide with the sixth and final volume of the Oni Press series.