Company logo turned emo bait, and latterly comicbook star, Emily the Strange has been on a long slow, crawl to the silver screen. What she always needed was a star to embody her, somebody of the appropriate age that would actually appeal to the character’s established fan base. That’s what would strike up a green light.
It must have felt like Christmas to the film’s producers when Hit Girl burst onto the scene.
Deadline quote Rob Reger, the closest thing Emily has to a father:
When I first met Chloe [Moretz] I knew I found my Emily. She really identifies and understands the character, and has what it takes to bring her to life.
I must have seen Emily five thousand times or more, but I’ve never read one of her comic books. What kind of stories is she placed in? The Hollywood Reporter suggest that what we’ll be getting from the movie is an origin story:
The story line is being kept under wraps, although the aim is to tell the origin of the punk and gothic figure and her four cats — troublemaker Sabbath, schemer Nee-Chee, imaginative Miles and leader Mystery.
Strangeheads, tell me: do these cats function a bit like the dolls heads in Tideland? Sounds like they might.
With a relatively short window before Moretz is beyond the appropriate playing age, it’s getting to be now or never for the Strange movie. I wouldn’t be surprised if this actually never gets off the starting block, but my instinct is we’ll be seeing Emily play sometime around Hallowe’en 2012.