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Jane Austen's Emma: The Hip-Hop Musical

Jane Austen's Emma: The Hip-Hop Musical

Hey, reimagining Jane Austen's novel Emma so it takes place in SoCal and centers on a valley girl worked for Clueless, so I guess why not make a hip-hop version of the classic work? Set in a contemporary inner-city high school, this tweaked version of Emma will revolve around a stepbrother and stepsister and "will include at least 15 song-and-dance numbers." Variety has more:

Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper said he came up with the idea for Emma, which will likely be redubbed Emme, after watching the music video "Lip Gloss" by Lil Mama.

"Now it's urban," Culpepper said. "This is the way it should be reimagined in the new millennium."

The inner-city high school setting is one thing — certainly no more far-fetched than Beverley Hills — but the 15 song-and-dance numbers is a whole other thing. I'll be extremely curious to see how this turns out.

To see the Lil Mama music video that inspired it all, click here.

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh lord, this sounds awful. Just the Lip Gloss video itself is ridiculous. Seriously?! Who sings about freakin' Revlon?
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
nooooooo....Gwyneth Paltrow was bad enough as Emma, but this sounds like it'll be so so so much worse!
Meka_suga Meka_suga 8 years
I think I like this. Might be a way to get my generation intersted in Jane Austen. Things like this shouldn't always stay the same because everything changes. Clint Culpepper's idea to make this "urban" is a good idea because he is trying to get a different crowd to love Jane Austen's work.
okmaebe okmaebe 8 years
*cringe* I'm a big Jane Austen fan (just finished Pride and Prejudice again last night). I liked Clueless too, but man, This sounds truly awful.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Ugh, this sounds dumb. Leave it the way it is. If people are so illiterate that need a "hip-hop" interpretation, then they shouldn't bother at all.
designergirl designergirl 8 years
Nooo! Clueless was fine, but Jane Austen's second best work (after Pride and Prejudice) shouldn't have to suffer this indignity!
longhornlass04 longhornlass04 8 years
Wait...they are going to be existing step brother and sister? At least in Clueless her father wasn't married to his mother anymore. How are they going to make a semi-incestual relationship hip?
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
this kind of made me giggle when i saw the heading of the blog. :) i was envisioning gwyneth paltrow in emma breaking out with a rap...
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