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Jason Reitman On Edgar Wright's SCOTT PILGRIM: "Carries More Unadulterated Joy Than I've Seen In Recent Cinema!"

Beaks here...

Twitter is the devil. I probably would've finished my 10th Anniversary love letter to THE IRON GIANT hours ago were it not for the time-sucking evilness of the micro-blogging phenomenon. And now Jason Reitman has punished me for my procrastination by breaking something approaching news on this late October Monday - which I am now obligated to share with you. In a series of tweets worthy of Spy Magazine's classic "Logrolling in Our Time" feature, the UP IN THE AIR writer-director has decided to weigh in on thirty minutes of his pal Edgar Wright's scorchingly-anticipated SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (release date: TBD 2010). And, shock of shocks, he's pretty damn pleased with what he's seen. Here come the tweets (mashed together for easy reading!):
"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. 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."
Make of this what you will. I make of it that he's a poopy-head for getting to see thirty minutes of my most anticipated film of 2010 that's not called TREE OF LIFE. I'm also concerned that Reitman is becoming (per Kevin Sullivan) the "Chad Ochocinco of the film world." Can't wait for the Oscar season trash-talking with Lee Daniels! And if you've yet to delve into the wonderfulness of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels, please do something about that.

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  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    So much want I must suppress it.

    by OGoncho

    If not, I go mad and people will die.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Yes Yes

    by MacReady452

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by LimpdickSherlock

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    That is... 5 stars possible. None given.

    by LimpdickSherlock

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "game changer" = most over used praise ever

    by MacReady452

    move on. Was it rad, or bodacious, or swell.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    ...someone saw all or part of a movie...too busy reading...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...blogs...feels guilty, but maybe not...MATRIX style love scenes...doesn't have a movie coming out but hopes to avoid THE LOVE MATRIX...<P>What the fuck?...

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    ...wait, too much micro-brew...punished with mashed...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...sugar tweets about breaking scorching wind...likes a movie a lot...but only saw a little bit...but will be the best movie of the year...

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    This one is way up there..

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. on my list for 2010. Can't wait!

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The Comic is kinda is Stupid!

    by BlackBriar

    Michael Cera is a lame ass nerd and has the same expression of confusion and stupidity in all his films.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but does it have giant blue people?

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I can't for this. Quite a few movies in the horizon that are looking good. <br> <br> What is going on with Tree of Life anyways?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    just under 15 minutes from first post to

    by MacReady452

    calling out Cera. Not bad. Either nerds are slowing down or Cera is gaining some popularity.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Struggling to get through the graphic novels

    by Stryder

    I picked up the first on on a whim and really enjoyed it. It seems tailor-made for Edgar Wright's style (like a drawn out episode of Spaced, on paper). After the promise presented in the first book, though, it seems like it's starting to lose steam. I kind of enjoyed the second book, but reading the third was starting to feel like work. I'm sure I'll finish the series eventually, but it certainly hasn't left me with an "I NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!" feeling. For those of you who have read the whole thing, does it get better? Have I just hit the "slow middle part"?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    checking the cast on IMDB

    by MacReady452

    Routh, Evans, Schwartzman. I'm assuming these are the exes. Not a bad line up. Winstead is hot as fuck too.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by The_Coyote

    The fourth book is absolutely epic and it's the best in the series so far (in my opinion, but a lot of SP fans feel that way as well). At least get through the fourth book. If you're not hooked then, at least you gave it a shot.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I don't like the lead role.

    by BlackBriar

    I'm sticking to my guns

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    A lot of ppl have no idea what the hell this movie is-

    by sonnyfern

    -Not many ppl have heard of Scot's kind of a cult thing. The movie will probably be the same.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Did you read the latest celebrity fart tweets?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Yay Canada!

    by hippolyta

    The comic takes place in Toronto and the movie was filmed in Toronto. I think the comic is a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to how it's done on film. I mean, people turn into coins!

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Can't describe how much I'm looking forward to this

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Scott Pilgrim ala Edgar Wright should be seven shades of awesomeness. <p> Also I did kind of laugh at calling the movie "The Matrix of love".

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Jason Reitman's seal of approval=not much

    by Meadowe

    Maybe if it got Christopher Nolan's Dolphin of Approval I'd care. Not only cuz I respect Nolan more, but because dolphins > seals.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I fucking hate Michael Cera though....

    by TheWaqman

    my hype for this film went completely down after hearing about the casting. That and also the fact that I didn't like the comic. Edgar Wright, please just make the third film of your Cornetto trilogy already.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Also, Tree of Life will be THE movie of 2010...

    by TheWaqman

    so hyped for it.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by CaptainBass

    I like the books, but Cera? eeeeew...

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I Want Ant-Man dammit!!!

    by jasper Stillwell

    Well, I just do.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Isn't Superman in this?

    by vadakinX

    Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Brandon Routh have a role in this? He was probably the best thing from Superman Returns and actually looks the part more now than he did back in 2005 when he shot the movie. <p> It's interesting to see him take on lesser known comic book properties like Dylan Dog and Scott Pilgrim (assuming he is in the movie) but I'd like to see him at least get a screentest when the Superman reboot is up and running.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST



    Will Cera actually act like Scott does in the comics? Or is he gonna pull the same awkward nerd shtick? I will be very disapointed if he goes for the latter, even though Wright may find a way to make it work. Still, how come Cera himself isn't bored with playing the same damn character over and over and over again??

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Cera = if it aint broke, don't fix it.

    by MacReady452

    He has gotten part after part and been consistantly popular playing that same awkward nerd type. Why change? That isn't my feeling but that has to be the manager/agent/publicist mentality.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Routh is in it. check imdb.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Never read the comics

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    But Mary Elizabeth Winstead just looks fucking incredibly mega-cute in this, so I'll be eagerly parting with my $10 when it opens.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Giant Blue People

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    With yellowy squirrel eyes and mullets for the men, corn rows for the gals. Basically giant, blue, stripey, squirrel people from the mid-1980s.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Of topic:

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    Director Paul Haggis quits Church of Scientology. This just in from the future: Paul Haggis never works again, finds live rattlesnake in mailbox with the return address T. Cruise.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Glad to see Jason Reitman isn't a fan of hyperbole...

    by Ribbons

    ...because his opinion is, without exaggeration, THE most important that has ever been given via Tweet, and will change the language of cinema one hastily fired-off text message at a time!!1one!

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    In YOUTH IN REVOLT, his character has a split personality named Francois. He's an effete, mustachioed, cigarette-smoking cad - and Cera nails it. If he can figure out Francois, there's no reason he can't pull off Scott.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    The comic books are awesome and I'm a fan of Edgar Wright's so I'm still looking forward to the film, but ridiculous raves like this just make me angry more than excited because there's no possible way the finished product can live up to the expectations they create. I'm sure Reitman's super-psyched because they're friends and he got to see it first, but seriously, how about a little restraint?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    You've got a point. Though I'm sure Edgar's thrilled with the effusive tweets (for a film based on a cult graphic novel), it's always better to be the underdog.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by MacReady452

    Did you see Up in the Air? Thoughts?

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Not Yet, MacReady452

    by mrbeaks

    But I'll be seeing it shortly.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I'm really curious about it..

    by MacReady452

    I wanna hate Reitman but I can't bring myself to. I'm hoping it will give me a reason. There isn't enough hate on this site.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Beaks one other ?

    by MacReady452

    I watched Heckler last night on Showtime. Who is it that Uwe Boll beats the fuck out of? It wan't you was it? That movie is great by the way.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    I don't doubt it.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Rarely has a piece of material and a director's style ever been more perfectly matched than Edgar Wright and SCOTT PILGRIM. I think it will be awesome.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Is There One Single Comic Book...

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude

    that hasn't been optioned? The studios' "readers" are getting very, very lazy.

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    That wasn't me in HECKLER. I believe that was the erstwhile MiraJeff. And if you want a reason to hate Reitman, here's one: he's a super nice guy who, thus far, makes good movies!

  • Oct. 26, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the info Beaks

    by MacReady452

    So funny when he is puking in the street after the fight. Nope. That isn't a good reason either. I'll just have to contiue enjoying his movies i guess.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Twitter is not entertaining

    by Pop_aristocrat

    How do you waste so much time on it? And yes, I am following all the AICN staffers. Everything of worth that you write is on this site, not Twitter.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I want to fuck Ramona Flowers so bad

    by DOGSOUP

    It isnt even funny.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I'm a writer

    by vadakinX

    I'm a screenwriter...or at least I hope to be but I'm beginning to wonder if, instead of getting agents to send scripts to studios, perhaps I should be sending stories to Dark Horse Comics or a similar comic book company with an open submission policy. If it gets picked up, studios would seem to be more likely to want to take a look at it. <p> By the way, a friend of mine used to do coverage for Paramount and apparently most of the scripts that were submitted were utter crap. Also, the Black List, you know the 100 hottest unproduced scripts is full of garbage as well.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Cera = Same in everything he's done...

    by spud mcspud

    ...So far. Beaks, I'm hoping you're right that he CAN do more than just play himself, 'cos old farts like myself actually remember when people could play wildly different roles and be believable in ALL of them! Pacino style, Day-Lewis style = Hell, Diaz and Theron style. WTF happened to REAL actors who ACTED, fer Chrissakes??<P> I saw Jesse Eisenberg in ZOMBIELAND last week and ADVENTURELAND this week. And guess what? He was THE SAME FUCKING GUY IN BOTH. I'm starting to HATE this shit in Hollywood - and as part of the Frat Pack that so personifies the School of Non-Acting, Cera is at the forefront of this fucking ruination of modern cinema.<P> LEARN TO ACT, YOU FUCKING LOSERS!!

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    "[Pilgrim] falls in love with American delivery girl..."

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Ramona V. Flowers but must defeat her seven "evil ex's" in order to date her," according to Wikipedia.<p> Correct me if I'm wrong but...a chick with seven ex's still buzzing around like flies is usually considered a fucking slut, right?<p> PASS.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I'm excited for Scott Pilgrim The Movie

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    Because the graphic novels are pretty damn awesome. I have my doubts, however, that something so singularly zany could be translated to screen with real-life actors. . .but we'll certainly see. If nothing else, the pics that I've seen at Edward Wright's blog have filled me with hope.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Edgar Wright

    by yodalovesyou

    I like his hair. He looks like one of The Arctic Monkeys.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I'm Excited About This Movie...

    by Sean38

    ...yet I also remember Spielberg gushing about The Phantom Menace. So I'll be bringing my grain of salt to the theater with me.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hurry up already..

    by eyeball2222

    So we can have our Winstead back...

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    this film is going to be great but......

    by Bileranter

    That director - man. He's a great publicity machine for himself. Try saying anything other than I love you on his blog. He's very talented but that's no reason to act like he does....and I don't mean on his blog.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Stryder, most people think Vol 3 IS the best...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    At least if the guys (well, technically chicks) I've spoken to are anything to go by. That being said, I'd really stick it out to Volume 5, which is enough of a change from the previous books that you might enjoy it quite a lot.<p> Edgar Wright is a pretty infectious guy (check out his commentaries on old trailers at trailersfromhell . com); I can imagine him sticking around for quite a few more decades. So I'm pretty certain this is going to be as fun as everything else he's touched so far. I just hope that the ending to the last SP novel isn't blown by the movie (I can't see how it wouldn't be). I began with the comics, and I'd hoped that I'd end with them too.

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    What's wrong with sluts?!

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Funny you should say that... you should do a little research on the Marvel Comics miniseries "Mort the Dead Teenager." The short version is that Larry Hama pitched the idea to several studios, all of which turned him down, then decided he'd have better luck making the story into a comic which would then be made into a movie (which almost happened, with Elijah Wood and Jessica Simpson, before Avi Arad left Marvel Studios and the project was ultimately scrapped. Apparently some stinkers can't even make it through the backdoor).

  • Oct. 27, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Burn Hollywood... Sluts rule!

    by AsimovDiedOfAIDS

    Even geeks like us have a shot at sluts. And you don't have to even make a half-assed attempt to call them again or anything. If you run into them on the town later, they don't give a shit that you blew them off, and sometimes you even get another shot at them too. Sluts are awesome!

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Any plans to do a Blue Monday live action?

    by Brannagins Law

    As much as I love SP, BM came first and must have had some influence on O'Malley no?

  • Oct. 28, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I Am Looking Forward to Scott Pilgrim

    by Shadowcat_664

    I have been Following Edgar Wright on Twitter and on his blog. I read the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel and loved it. I hope he will start working on the last film in the Cornetto Trilogy soon. I will see Scott Pilgrim when it comes out.