14. SCOTT PILGRIM
“Scott Pilgrim,” created by Bryan Lee O’Malley and published by Oni Press, is a graphic novel series (six volumes in total) about a slacker, young adult musician who must do battle with seven different people in order to win the love of his life. A coming of age story that seamlessly mixes video game culture and rock and roll, “Scott Pilgrim” is a solid mix of comedy, romance, action and drama.
A feature film of “Scott Pilgrim” starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and directed by Edgar Wright premiered in 2010. Sure, the movie was a fairly good adaptation, and Edgar Wright is a great choice for a director, but with six volumes, Scott and his pals deserve so much more. As a six-season series, “Scott Pilgrim” would have the time to truly develop all of the aspects that make the graphic novels so entertaining: friendships, awesome battle sequences, timely humor, a flourishing romance and what woes and joys of growing up.
Comic creator Jeff Smith is mostly known for his all-ages, 1,344-page epic fantasy graphic novel, “Bone,” a story that is already being developed into a trilogy of films. However, Smith has another series — a much more adult series — that is not nearly as widely praised. “RASL” tells the tale of a time-jumping art thief who is on the run from the government. A science fiction-noir drama, “RASL” utilizes historical figures, mystery, romance and time travel as a means to tell the story of its fascinating reluctant hero.
There might not be enough story to tell as a Netflix original series, as the comic book only runs for 15 issues, but “RASL” would definitely be a very cool film duology. Its fresh take on time travel and excellent character development would be a sure win for Netflix, a company that has been releasing some decent science fiction films as of late (such as “ARQ” and “Spectral”). And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good antihero story, anyway?