The Watchmen isn’t the only fantastically great comic book getting the silver screen treatment. Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim is in production!

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Scott Pilgrim is the story of a 23 year old slacker from Toronto. He plays bass in a band called Sex Bob-omb and shares a bed with his gay best friend Wallace. He is trying to win the heart of an American girl named Ramona Flowers, but to do this he must defeat her evil ex-boyfriends in combat. No, really.

The movie stars Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) as the titular hero and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Deathproof) is playing Ramona Flowers. Also cast is Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) and Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as two of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends. Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down) plays Wallace.

Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead) is directing and adapting the screenplay. He’s keeping a daily production diary on his MySpace page.

The Scott Pilgrim books effortlessly blend the ordinary and mundane life of a 23-year-old with incredibly epic battle scenes. O’Malley often breaks the fourth wall in creatives ways (such as when you’re invited to make vegan Sheppard’s pie with the cast) yet it never seems like a gimmick. The story rarely drags (bored of relationship talk? here, Scott, fight a ninja!) and is consistently funny and endearing.

You can read some generous previews at the Scott Pilgrim web site (I recommend the “Free Comic Book Day” preview).

The movie, itself is called Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and is due out later this year.

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