AUTHOR BIO: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Part 5)

***This is part 5 of a bio that wrote about Bryan Lee O’Malley (who is one my favorite artist/author) for a YA literature course. I share this because despite his fame, there is not too much info about him out there.*** 

Part 5: O’Malley vs. the Universe

In 2010, the Scott Pilgrim series was made into a film titled, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (imbd). Talks and speculations of the transition from paper to film and O’Malley’s thoughts on the matter became a popular topic of interest of fans and interviewers years before the film’s release. For example, in a 2006 interview, O’Malley was asked questions regarding his involvement with the film, to which he responded: “I’m gonna get a paycheck as a consultant or something, so hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll hear about that. I’m the guy who made it up, and if they have some questions they want to ask, they’re free to ask me” (McAplin). Although he did not write the script, he was supportive of the director and the direction of the project, and even contributed a song to the soundtrack (imbd). The film received mostly positive reviews from fans and critic and appeared on numerous top-ten lists but failed to perform well at the box-office, only earning about 48 million on a budget of 60 million (after tax rebates) (Fritz). A video game based on the series was released on PlayStation Network on August 10, 2010, and on Xbox Live Arcade on August 25, 2010 (Vore). A kin to the film, the game received generally positive reviews, and it won “Best Adapted Video Game” at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards. Furthermore, the animated short, entitled “Scott Pilgrim vs. the Animation”, was produced by Titmouse Inc. and it aired on Adult Swim on August 12, 2010, Kazi 6 later being released on their website. The short, which includes the voices of Michel Cera and some of the cast members, is based on the flashback from the second graphic novel, elaborating on Scott’s adventures in high school (Fischer).

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