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Emily the Strange Gets Herself a Movie

Counterculture icon Emily the Strange is getting her own movie. Unlike the ladies of SATC, Emily is a girl of 13 years who definitely is not looking for labels and love. In fact, her favorite phrase is, "Get lost!" (But not, you know, Lost.)

She is the brainchild of Bay Area skateboard merchandiser Cosmic Debris, and after all kinds of t-shirts depicting Emily and her cats became popular, Emily got her own comic books.

She's different things to different people: fun t-shirt logo, symbol of female empowerment, gothic figure, intriguing comic book heroine. I happen to think of her as a strange and awesome little girl who loves her white Mary Jane shoes.

Of the plot, The Hollywood Reporter writes:

The storyline is being kept under wraps, though Reger, who concocted it, said it will offer up some backstory and will feature Emily's four cats — troublemaker Sabbath, schemer Nee-Chee, imaginative Miles and leader Mystery. It will also have 13 new characters with names like Earwig, Umlaut, McFreeley and Officer Summers. The story forms the basis of an Emily young adult novel, which will be published next year by HarperCollins.

The folks producing the film are looking for a filmmaker who "gets the character." I'm kinda hoping it's a woman as this would be the perfect project to give a talented female director.

Is this exciting news? Any Emily the Strange fans out there?


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