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Edgar Wright Plans Three Additional Days Of Shooting On Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

The early buzz from people who have seen Scott Pilgrim vs. The World suggests that the movie is really living up to its billing as “an epic of epic epicness.” That kind of reputation sets fan expectations dangerously high, and if those expectations can’t be delivered upon, well, there’s going to be some hell to pay.

Which is why some fans might be nervous to hear that director Edgar Wright is returning to Toronto later this month for three additional days of photography on Scott Pilgrim, according to Production Weekly. That’s not exactly the most comforting news in the world, as pick-up shoots often indicate trouble for a production, as seen with X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Jonah Hex. (Come on, just rewatch that trailer. Exactly.)

But Scott Pilgrim might be an unusual case. Either Wright is a master spinster or he’s genuinely excited about the possibility of further Scott Pilgrim shooting — particularly because the pick-ups are entirely his idea, not the studio’s, based on inspiration from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s forthcoming Scott Pilgrim conclusion.

Wright explained to Collider:

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.

I certainly agree on the granny pick-up, and the fact that Wright isn’t planning on reshooting any scenes — simply adding “new jokes and beats” to the film — sounds quite harmless, if not pretty exciting. My only concern is that the initial reviews on Pilgrim have been so positive, I almost wonder if any additional bits need to be added. But I haven’t seen the film yet, so I’ll hold out judgment and keep my faith in Wright. As far as I’m concerned, he hasn’t steered any of us wrong yet.


  • James Peaty

    Three days of re-shoots is absolutely nothing and to compare that to Jonah Hex and Wolverine is pretty misleading.

    Hex (allegedly) re-shot 50 pages of new material (roughly 40% of the movie!) while Wolverine re-shot for about 3-4 weeks, which is – while not at Hex levels – probably around and about 20 pages of material. All Edgar Wright is doing is tweaking and finessing, like most film makers do, given the time and resources.

    Time will tell, but this ‘bad buzz’ story regarding Scott Pilgrim seems to have come more from the box-office disappointment of flicks like Kick-Ass, The Losers and (allegedly) the disaster of Green Hornet than anything to do with Edgar Wright’s film.