Haven’t we had enough of Jane Austen? Apparently not, according to Screen Gems. However, instead of giving us another Joe Wright costume drama, the studio plans to update the Jane Austen novel Emma against a hip-hop backdrop.
That’s right. They’re not just re-making bad slasher films from the 80s. They’re also remaking stuffy British literature as musical urban street dramas.
Chris Bender and J.C. Spink will produce the film, which is to be set in an inner-city high school. Tyger Williams, who is best known for 1993’s Menace II Society, wrote the screenplay.
Emma was most recently brought to the big screen with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role in 1996. It was also made into the contemporary high school comedy Clueless in 1995
To help breathe fresh, urban life into this version, the film will feature at least 15 hip-hop songs and is expected to also feature dance numbers that made in films like Stomp the Yard and You Got Served hits for Screen Gems.
According to Variety, the film’s title will most likely be changed to Emme, which was inspired by Lil Mama’s “Lipgloss” music video.
Personally, I think a new title like Emme is a little soft. If anyone out there at Screen Gems is listening, here are my suggestions…
Or, in the spirit of Clueless… Whatchoo Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis?
This last suggestion would involve a rewrite in which Gary Coleman comes out of reality TV hell and stops selling Cadillacs when he learns he never earned his high school diploma. After enrolling back in his local stomping grounds, he becomes the spunky romantic muse to the kids in the yard. Oh, and Todd Bridges kills someone.
Sound Off: What do you think the new title of the urbanized Emma should be?