There are only a few weeks left until the premiere of the highly anticipated anime series Scott Pilgrim takes off, the series’ executive producer made some pretty big comments about the series’ animation quality, claiming that it would cost them as much as Avatar to make a live-action version. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is the highly anticipated yet unexpected adaptation of the beloved Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. 2023 was a great year for Netflix’s anime division as they successfully launched the One Piece Live Action series. With huge expectations for the prequel, the co-creator just dropped a bombshell that, if true, will definitely make the anime a must-see for all anime fans.
In an interview with EmpireOnline, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off executive producer BenDavid Grabinski exaggerated the fight scenes and drew a wild comparison to the blockbuster Avatar. Grabinski said in the interview that the two fight scenes in episodes 2 and 3 of the series would cost a lot of money to turn the anime into a live-action adaptation like the previous big-budget adaptation of the graphic novel.
“There is an extended battle scene in Episodes 2 and 3, if this were a live-action movie, the cost would be higher than Avatar. It will be unbelievably big. And you don’t have to think like that. You are not. limit. If you made a live-action movie of the show we did, I think it would be the most expensive movie ever and you would shoot for ten years.”
Scott Pilgrim’s anime battles will cost the same as live-action Avatar
To put it into perspective, Avatar had a budget of more than 400 million USD. Only one other film came close to that budget so to claim that means either Grabinski was truly overwhelmed by what he saw or he was exaggerating to make a point about the sheer scale of the these epic battles. He also said that if the anime is the second attempt at bringing the world of Scott Pilgrim into live-action then it will be the most expensive film and easily take at least 10 years to make.
Live-action adaptations of anime always cost a lot of money, most recently people think of the One Piece Netflix series costing 17 million USD per episode. Recreating fantastical action scenes from anime and manga into live-action is labor-intensive and requires a lot of resources to bring it to life without sacrificing quality. That’s why Grabinski’s claims aren’t too far-fetched considering the history of live-action anime. However, to claim that it will beat the $400 million budget of Avatar and Avengers: Endgame means that the fight scenes are so terrible that they would guarantee that kind of money if there was a live-action version. be done.
Another detail that seems to support his claim is the studio that animated the Science SARU series and their commitment to quality. The makers of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off have proven their incredible animation quality with Devil Man Crybaby. This action series has some great animation and exhilarating fight scenes. It is very possible for them to replicate or surpass the standard they have set. Regardless of whether Grabinski’s statements are literally true or not, Scott Pilgrim takes off considered one of the most impressive animated anime of the year.
Scott Pilgrim takes off will be exclusively on Netflix.