SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD Doing 3 Days of Pick-Ups; Director Edgar Wright Explains Why

     May 4, 2010

Earlier tonight, Production Weekly tweeted that Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, “is planning to return to Toronto for 3 additional days of photography.”  We spoke with Wright and he elaborated on this vague update on the production.  Wright said that they’re doing three days of pick-ups, meaning that they’re doing more nips and tucks.  Said Wright, “[W]e are not even redoing one full scene, nor any action, just some bits and bobs and new jokes and beats that I wrote with [co-writer Michael] Bacall & [author Bryan Lee] O’Malley.”  What I find more exciting is that Wright said some of the tweaks are because there’s some material from the sixth and final volume of the comics that is too good to leave out.

So if you’re paranoid that the film needs to be salvaged or anything like that, rest easy.  The word coming out of the test screenings is highly positive.  Wright also adds that his previous films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz also had a few days of re-shoots.  If you can’t appreciate an old woman getting kicked in the face, then you can’t appreciate an Edgar Wright pick-up.  You also probably  can’t appreciate comedy.  Or joy.  Or any human emotion, really.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World hits theaters on August 13th.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis and Wright’s full statement regarding the re-shoots.

Here’s Wright’s full response to Production Weekly’s tweet:

so yeah, it’s true what Production Weekly so inelegantly tweeted

we are doing 3 days of pick ups

and to be honest – I’m excited about it. It was my suggestion to the studio and the bits and pieces are all things that I want to tweak

truth is, some of it, is because we have material from Vol 6 that is impossible to resist and so even after a nearly a year of editing – it’s going to be fun to put some icing on the cake

we are not even redoing one full scene, nor any action, just some bits and bobs and new jokes and beats that I wrote with Bacall & O’Malley

if you guys want or feel inclined to put out any fire – I give you this comparison…

Both Shaun & Hot Fuzz had two and three days respectively of additional shooting. One of those bits was the granny being kicked in the face. I think we can all agree that was a good pickup.

Here’s the official synopsis for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass–and now is back in town–to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor.

As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past–from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsomely identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over

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