Emily the Strange, a subversive, 13-year-old goth girl who popped up in 1993 on promotional stickers, clothing and skateboards, is making her way to the big screen, according to Daily Variety. The trade reports that 20th Century Fox has picked up rights to Rob Reger’s creation and plans to produce a live-action/animated feature through Fox Animation.
Over the past 12 years, Reger’s garage-based Cosmic Debris Etc. has become a multimillion-dollar business. He has seen Emily’s reach extend from specialty shops to best-selling books published by Chronicle Books and a soon-to-be-launched comic book series from Dark Horse Comics. The character’s journey to the screen has so far been five years in the making.
Chris Meledandri, president of 20th Century Fox Animation, will oversee production of the feature with studio VP John Cohen. Reger will also be heavily involved in seeing his property translated to film.
A wide variety of Emily the Strange merchandise, including the series of books, apparel and a "disorganizer," can be ordered at www.emilystrange.com.