Jason Reitman Calls Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim 'Matrix for Love'
by Alex Billington
October 26, 2009
This right here is over-hyping at its finest, but I love it, and I'm glad it's spreading like wildfire across the web. While in London to premiere his film Up in the Air, director Jason Reitman met up with director Edgar Wright, who showed him 30 minutes of his new feature Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Its been rather quiet on the Scott Pilgrim font because Wright has finished shooting and is now currently in London working on post-production and editing together the film for release next year. But that didn't stop Reitman from writing some five tweets about what he say, calling it "a game changer for Edgar and the genre." Whoa!
Here are the five tweets from @JasonReitman:
"In London, @edgarwright showed me 30min of Scott Pilgrim. While sworn to secrecy (so much, surprised blood wasn't demanded) I will say this:"
"It is a game changer for Edgar and the genre. It moves the speed of light and carries more unadulterated joy than Ive seen in recent cinema."
"[Scott Pilgrim] does what everyone our age has been dreaming about: achieves the first all encompassing film of the joystick generation."
"I'm in awe of the sheer control in the filmmaking. It feels like a Matrix for love and how willing we are to fight for it."
"If I had a movie coming out next year, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near it. Hats off my friend. Can't get it out of my head."
Holy shit, did Reitman just compare Scott Pilgrim to The Matrix?! I wouldn't be surprised if that's actually dead on accurate. Considering Wright did completely reinvent the zombie genre with Shaun of the Dead, I wouldn't be surprised if he's on track to reinvent the teenage love / comic book genre with Scott Pilgrim. I love the comic books, they really are fantastic, but I've been wondering if Wright was able to capture all the brilliance of those on screen, and it sounds like he has. I love Reitman's reference of the joystick generation and everything he says. And he only saw 30 minutes of it - I can only assume the entire film is even better!
Edgar also responded to this: "I am very touched by @jasonreitman's lovely comments about Scott Pilgrim thus far. In unrelated news, Up in the Air ain't too shabby." No it's definitely not (I've seen it twice now). And I wouldn't be surprised if both Reitman and the film get Oscar nominations next year. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is currently scheduled for release sometime in 2010 (no date has been set). Now let's just hope Universal doesn't fuck up the marketing like they have for every other movie they've put out in the last year.