Writer Melisa Wallack Will Follow SNOW WHITE With EMILY THE STRANGE

     August 2, 2011


As we see more from the two Snow White movies, I believe my mind will categorize Snow White and the Huntsman as the straightforward action movie and Relativity’s still untitled project as the weird one directed by Tarsem where Snow White looks like this.  Appropriately, Melissa Wallack, the screenwriter behind the “weird one,” has just signed on to adapt the Dark Horse comic Emily the Strange.  Chloe Moretz is attached to play the titular goth created by skateboarder Rob Rieger.  Heat Vision says the precise storyline is under wraps, but indicates Wallack’s assignment is “to tell the origin of the punk and gothic figure and how she comes to gain her abilities that fuse technology and imagination.”  Also, expect the story to focus on Emily’s relationship with her four cats: “troublemaker Sabbath, schemer Nee-Chee, imaginative Miles, and leader Mystery.”  Hit the jump for background on the character.

Emily the Strange is described as a cult figure.  As with most things, I was unaware of the property until there was a movie in development.  But Ramses wrote in his report on Universal’s acquistion that he had seen Emily often on t-shirts and purses.  Wikipedia lent meaning to the image:


Emily the Strange began life as a sticker in 1991 that was created by Rob Reger and used to promote Santa Cruz Skateboards in Santa Cruz, California.  The character of Emily then spawned a franchise that has a considerable merchandising catalog, including clothing, stationery, stickers and fashion accessories. She has since become somewhat of a counterculture figure.

On paper, this doesn’t look or sound like the type of thing I’d like (no less than four cats are major characters!).  Neither does Ghost World, though, and I love that movie.  Factor in the delightful Ms. Moretz, and I’ll keep my mind open.

Here’s the official synopsis for Emily the Strange #1: The Boring Issue:

For more than ten years, pop culture cultists have revered and adored a mysterious, brooding thirteen-year-old girl named Emily the Strange. Nobody knows much about the young girl with a porcelain face and huge eyes framed by black bangs, and her ever-present brood of black cats only adds to the intrigue–but that hasn’t stopped a generation of rabid fans from letting Emily put her spell upon them. Now, for the first time ever, Emily fans will be welcomed into her dark and, well, strange world–a place where kitty friends talk, the ghosts of famous weirdos come out to play, reality is never quite what it seems, and–above all–a place where anyone who’s ever been considered a little “strange” themselves will be made to feel right at home. [Dark Horse]

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