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Dark Horse's Emily the Strange Coming to the Big Screen

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May 30, 2008

Emily the Strange

I definitely saw this coming! Ever since I saw Emily the Strange get a huge promotional push at the San Diego Comic-Con last year, I knew that it was destined to eventually become a movie. Announced officially today, Dark Horse Entertainment is adapting the goth comic book series into a feature film with Mike Richardson (30 Days of Night, Hellboy II) producing. The film will tell the origin story of the little goth girl and her four mysterious cats. Richardson explains his interest, saying "Emily herself is very appealing little girl, there's an edge to her," adding that, "there is something very alluring to her image; people see it and respond to it immediately." Is she appealing enough to actually attract moviegoing audiences though?

The character Emily the Strange was first created by skater Rob Reger in the early 1990s as a design on skateboards. She didn't appear in comics until 2005, when Dark Horse Comics first published a comic miniseries about the character and her goth adventures. Thankfully Richardson is making the smart decision to search for a filmmaker who "gets the character," as he says, only because most people don't. In fact, I don't even really get who she is or have an interest in her myself. However, it could be an interesting project. The announcement doesn't specify whether it will be live action, animated, or a combination. And actually with that mention, I could see this turning out kind of cool. Let me explain.

Not many people saw Persepolis last year, but it it was a brilliant little animated film with a very distinct visual style. If they were able to animated the film somewhat like that, which was black and white, and also combine live action elements, I actually feel like this could be pretty interesting. But alas, that's hard to tell, only because I'm not fond of the character to begin with and really can't imagine it being the basis for a good story anyway. I'll definitely be following this project as it develops to at least see how it turns out.

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  • A movie based on a lunchbox? NO DEAL.
  • Garrett.king
    I'm a fan of Emily the Strange but am not sure if this would be the wisest of decisions. I don't think it really needs a movie. Maybe a cartoon on Adult Swim or something, but not a film.
  • Kail
    They announced this right after Sin City came out, old news dude
  • rissu
    would rather see a full length Lenore movie =x
  • tahrey
    re the final paragraph: combining 2D animation + live action doesn't work terribly often - it usually just looks gimmicky or just plain bad. Typically only things like Roger Rabbit or Family Guy (Simpsons, too?) skits where the odd dissonance between the styles is played up, rather than treated as more normal, seem to feel right. Keep it as full anim, good quality full stylised CG, or full live action/live action with partial, *unstylised* (ie realistic) CG

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