Now that they’re done with all the new Austen adaptations, reimaginings will come to the forefront. We already had some news today about Sense and Sensibilidad; it looks like Lost in Austen will be out next month; and now Alert Janeite Elizabeth sent us news about Emme–a hip-hop musical version of Emma. We did check for an April 1 posting date, but it looks like this is no hamster curry, Gentle Readers.
Screen Gems is planning a hip-hop musical reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Emma” for the bigscreen.
Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will produce via their Benderspink banner.
Contemporary-set tale, which takes place at an inner-city high school, revolves around a stepbrother and stepsister. Film will include at least 15 song and dance numbers. Tyger Williams penned the screenplay.
Screen Gems topper Clint Culpepper said he came up with the idea for “Emma,” which will likely be redubbed “Emme,” after watching the musicvideo “Lipgloss” by Lil Mama.
Austen’s novel also inspired the Alicia Silverstone starrer “Clueless,” which was set in a suburban Southern California high school.
“Now it’s urban,” Culpepper said. “This is the way it should be reimagined in the new millennium.”
They definitely get extra points for imagination. And hopefully some kickass dancing.