Universal has announced their 2010 slate of films and with it we now have a date for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: August 13th. The tail-end of the summer is a pretty strong position even though the biggest (read: most expensive) films of the year come at the beginning of May and the first and second weeks of July. August dodges those juggernauts and understands that a good movie, well-marketed, with positive word-of-mouth can get overcome blockbuster fatigue. I’m not sure how much of a crowd Cera can draw (the verdict seems to be he can only do one character, but I disagree with that opinion), but it’s a stacked cast with a fun premise, and it’s from the co-writer/director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
But Scott Pilgrim will have other opponents than the world on August 13th. The massive chick-draw of Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love isn’t a threat, but Sylvester Stallone’s B-movie apocalypse The Expendables could provide some competition. My concern for that film is that it’s irony for the sake of irony (see: Snakes on a Plane). Perhaps Stallone has made a good movie, but it will be interesting to see which flick comes out on top. I hope it’s the one that doesn’t star the guy from Over the Top.
Hit the jump for 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