Edgar Wright reflects on needing Scott Pilgrim to ‘prove myself’

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The beloved British filmmaker Edgar Wright has admitted that making 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was very much an exercise in proving his solo merit.

We’re just a few months away now (again!) from getting to see Edgar Wright’s highly-anticipated Last Night In Soho which promises to be a dark, psychological horror, embellished with Wright’s signature style.


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Ahead of the film’s planned April release, Wright has been chatting to SFX magazine, reflecting on 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a film which, by Wright’s standards, took a while to find its audience.

Following several years working with the comedy duo of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, Wright had directed the incredibly successful TV series, Spaced, then Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. At this point however, he felt that it was important to show the world that he could successfully operate on his own.

“I felt like I need to prove myself beyond Simon and Nick and do something without them. Scott gave me the chance to take some of that magical realism that was in Spaced and use it in a different way”, he said.

Whilst Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wasn’t as initially successful as his two previous films, in the years since its release it has become a hugely popular cult film and an essential part of Wright’s filmography.

There’s plenty more in the interview, including Wright also telling SFX that he was particularly drawn to the character because of the ‘overriding idea of the characters relating to their emotional struggles through the pop culture they consume’. It’s an idea Wright has returned to over and over in his career, perhaps most overtly in 2017’s Baby Driver. 

You can get a copy of SFX and see the full interview here. Wright’s next film, Last Night In Soho, is due to be with us in April, and boy, are we looking forward to it.

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