Though something tells me it’s not going to be anywhere near our genre when it’s finally done, THR reports this morning that Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson is getting behind the production of a feature film for Emily the Strange, the gothic girl created by skateboarder Rob Reger back in the 90’s who’s apparently gone on to become an iconic symbol of female empowerment over the years.
Or so the trade will have us believe. Not being female myself for a long time, I’ve never seen Emily as more than a slightly depressed looking girl whose simplistic design works well on T-shirts, umbrellas, shoes, and other things that girls like to buy. According to Reger, however, “In their life, everybody has, especially in the teenage years, looked to find themselves and felt like they don’t fit in … Emily represents that person, but in a positive light. She prefers to be different and to look at things in her own way. She’s a great role model for people to think for themselves.”
The storyline for Emily the Strange is being kept under wraps for now, as Richardson and crew are looking for a filmmaker who “gets it”, but the trade did report that it would be an “origin story” and explain why Emily’s always got those damn cats with her. No studio is attached, either, but since Richardson’s Dark Horse has a first-look deal with Universal, there’s a good chance it’ll find its home there.
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