Scott Pilgrim creator rejected Telltale Games' title offer

Bryan Lee O'Malley said California studio approached him to make adventure game based on graphic novel series; author said franchise wasn't suited for a game from the developer.

Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series was spun into a full-length feature film over the summer via the Michael Cera-led Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Further, a beat-'em-up game accompanied the film from Ubisoft in the form of the coolly received side scroller of the same name. Now, the author has revealed that Telltale Games also courted him for his series.

Scott Pilgrim's video game could have been a point-and-click adventure.

O'Malley recently tweeted that the Novato, California, studio behind adventure franchises like Sam & Max, Back to the Future: The Game, and the April-dated Jurassic Park: The Game approached him, and he said no.

"Telltale wanted to do Scott Pilgrim, but I said no," reads his tweet. "I couldn't see it as an adventure game. All respect to them, though."

Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim game follows the central plotline of the graphic novels, as the mediocre bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim tries to win his dream girl Ramona's heart by fighting her seven ex-boyfriends. A ragtag coalition of her failed lovers--including a vegan rock star, identical twins, and an infamous skateboarder--are determined to prevent Scott from dating their old flame.

For more on Ubisoft's video game, check out GameSpot's review of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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53 comments
coylenintendo
coylenintendo

good. we don't need it cause Scott Pilgrim and Michael Cera for that matter are freaking lame.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

kavadias1981...why are you cursing the 360 owners for. The PS3 has it too. Unless you cursing them for other reasons.

majere613
majere613

There was nothing wrong with the game that was produced- for some reason the GS review decided to flay it for a couple of 'issues' that were irrelevant to most of the people playing it. In fact, the critic average was 7.6 and that's including GS's lunatic 6.5.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Dang. That game looks good. Curse you 360 owners! lol

Guzthon
Guzthon

Wise choice for Bryan Lee O'Malley. "The best 2D beat 'em up/multiplayer game ever seen it and played it by Ubisoft (published TMNT for the GBA)".

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I'm glad he went that route. I never would have played the adventure game, but I played and very much enjoyed the game that was made. Through that, I got into the rest of the franchise. No disrespect to Telltale, but he made the right decision.

killlo
killlo

He doesn't want his creation to be turn in to some half as$ game and get a bad reputation I mean I haven't played any of those sam&max games or any other game that are made to be a series because it doesn't sound fun to pay for every new episode to continue the next short game episode story give me a full complete game because I don't want any of that dlc/episode video game nonsense.

Sir_Hobo
Sir_Hobo

It's his property, but I personally could totally see Scott Pilgrim as an adventure game.

Cephrien
Cephrien

Wow Bryan. Thanks for crushing my dreams, you friggin' jerk.

Nc23Nick
Nc23Nick

Why? Scott pilgrim is perfect for a video game to be made out of.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Scott Pilgrim was the best downloadable title I played last year. Though I generally like what Telltale Games puts out, I'm pretty happy we got what we did instead of an adventure game.

SteveTwo
SteveTwo

Game kicked ass, sooo much ass. Great game!

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

@jsrco, Nope. I'm 26, employed, engaged with a son, and another on the way. @jmace1, I get all that. My comment was half-serious. It was more poking fun at how big a fuss people make when some random game doesn't have some sort of mp mode that is apparently absolutely necessary for the game to be any fun. And @Frost259, see above points. But really, I sympathize with people who can't just hop over to a friend's house for some gaming. But to each his own, I guess. I'd personally rather drive the 20 mins to have a few beers and play some games with friends. I'll take human interaction over XBL any day.

EzekyleAbadon
EzekyleAbadon

@mickleohb No,adventure=puzzle solving. Point & click is just the best variation of it

jadefury27
jadefury27

"Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim game follows the central plotline of the graphic novels, as the mediocre bass guitarist Scott Pilgrim tries to win his dream girl Ramona's heart by fighting her seven ex-boyfriends." wrong. it was 7 evil EX'S. she had an ex girlfriend too. ramona had a sexy phase ;^)

zameen
zameen

I dont care as long as I hear that epic KO after every ex fight

King9999
King9999

I agree that the game could've been much better, but what we got was pretty good. The bugs were unfortunate.

ralphikari
ralphikari

Telltale has made so many dubious business decisions lately.

brandon2802
brandon2802

I would think Scott Pilgrim would be a great adventure game, the fighting wasn't the point of the books.

lalegend102
lalegend102

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Frost259
Frost259

@fetusfart18 Not really, for some people they may not live near most the people they play online with. For me I moved about 20 min away from most my close friends who I played with growing up. Although thats not very far away its much easier to just pop online and play and talk for a little bit, then drive 20 min for just a game.

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

the less scott pilgrim trash the better. gamers dont need this kind of immature nonsence ruining our reputations further

Little_Socrates
Little_Socrates

Coolly received by GameSpot, maybe. This game is pretty fun. Other game reviewers seemed to dig it a lot more than GS. I certainly haven't run into any visibility issues myself, and the game is well-presented.

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

@DrKill09 I sort of have to agree with that. First he let them make a movie that was obviously going to be a disaster (I highly doubt O'Malley is satisfied with it himself), and then he let Ubisoft develop a game instead of Telltale. While it turned out to be a great choice, we know that Telltale is a developer that has always shown great reverence to their source material. If I had to decide who was going to make the game based on the likeliness that it would a real Scott Prilgrim game (AKA one that would stick to the format of the series), then Telltale would have been the obvious choice. These two decisions don't make me think highly of O'Malley, and I wonder what his true motivations regarding the series have become.

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

The game is fantastic - Telltale is great and all, but Ubisoft nailed it with this game. :)

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

I have to agree. A beat-em-up was a much better choice.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Point and click adventures have their place. Unfortunately for telltale, it's a very small, unpopular place at this point.

NND1
NND1

looks kinda like River City Ransom

Foofie1262
Foofie1262

Give up telltale, point-and-click games suck!

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why's he all high and mighty about that, though? He let that awful movie be made. :roll: Dodged a bullet, but hit by a F****ing missile! :P The brawler game was awsome, though.

friburg
friburg

The reason this game has no on-line feature is because it has gone back to gamings roots with games like Streets of Rage and Street Fighter, There was no online play back then and inviting a friend over was the only solution for co-op games. I will admit I like online co-op games but not every game needs it. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was modeled after the old fashioned side scrollers and was well made to be like one. We should look at this fact and think "Damn you know? They did a very good job at making this game to be like retro!" I know I do, and every time I play This game I think the same thing!

jmace1
jmace1

@ fetusfart18 You could use that poorly conceived argument towards all games lacking an online component. Just in case you are so blinded by your ignorance, let me present you with a hypothetical situation. What happens when "Bob" has a wife, two kids, and full time job, only has an hour of free time during his average day and you live 30 minutes away?

jsrco
jsrco

@fetusfart18 You are young aren't you? Its not easy to do that once you start getting older.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Here's a great solution to the no online co-op problem; "Hey, Bob, wanna come over and play some games?". Boom. Easy solution.

mini_mario
mini_mario

The only other thing that could be of great value to the Scott Pilgrim Franchise is another versus mash-up, like Scott Pilgrim Vs. Capcom. Sounds crazy, but that might be good enough!

z50macdaddy
z50macdaddy

a game doesnt have to have online co-op to be a great game

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I'm glad we got the arcade game, it's a great throwback to the 90's a point and click adventure would make my eyes bleed.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Telltale is a great developer... and these words from Bryan are full of honesty, and this is something we should rejoice. Indeed, telling no the way he did is not saw as too much respectful, but I'm glad to see direct words like these that can hurt or not, but it's full of sincerity and don't hide behind political speech. specially in these days full of political friendly fake smiles. Anyway, Telltale is a great developer and I think they're trying to create a long list of adventure games based on popular series... just like LEGO is doing now.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

The game was awsome the graphic novels where awsome but the movie was not and I am glad they wont make a adventure game

ewmgreendawg
ewmgreendawg

I was completely satisfied with scott pilgrim the game. I wasn't the only one (see every other major gaming site.) No online coop? That's ok I have friends. Umad friendless gamers?