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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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