In an interview with MTV, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director/co-writer Edgar Wright says that the movie diverges from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics at around volume three (Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness). Says Wright:
“It stays pretty true to volumes one and two. And three,” explained Wright. “After three volumes, it starts to take its own path, but very much within the spirit of the book – and approved by Bryan as well. … There are some things that are in the film that are actually from Bryan’s original ideas before he wrote the books. [So] there are some things in there that refer to older ideas which he didn’t end up doing.”
Hit the jump for more of what Wright had to say about his film versus O’Malley’s books.
The news of a volume-three divergence confirms a report by The Playlist from last May. Byran Lee O’Malley also said on Twitter that the upcoming sixth and final volume of the books won’t be in the movie since at the time he wasn’t finished writing it and production on the movie had already moved ahead. Here’s what Wright had to say about his contact with O’Malley through the adaptation process:
“I think Bryan O’Malley is a very smart guy, and he can understand what an adaptation is,” said Wright. “He read every draft of [the script]. With the last draft, me and Michael Bacall sent him every 20 pages … and so he pretty much understood that doing a straight adaptation of the books was kind of impossible.”
Remember: Movies diverging from their source material is a good thing. Wright and co-writer Michael Bacall have set out to honor the books but create a movie that can stand on its own. That’s what you want from an adaptation.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hits theaters on August 13th.