The beloved Pippi is the protagonist in children's books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren which has been drawing fans since 1945!
Another iconic character from the past will be making an appearance in a new film adaptation. Remember Pippi Longstocking, the superhumanly strong redhead girl created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren? We can't wait to see Pippi's iconic red hair, freckles, strength, and free spirit back on screen again. Since her appearance in Lindgren's children's books since 1945, there are have been several films and TV series adaptations over the years, including Columbia Pictures’ 1988 movie The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking. But who wouldn't want to see her again especially in today's climate? Even Michelle Obama once told TODAY how the character's quirks and independence make her relevant even today. She said, “I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the centre of everything. And she was almost magical in a way. I mean, she was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had superhuman strength.”
'What I loved most was that (Pippi) was a girl, and she was a little different, and she was still the most powerful character in those books.'— Sweden.se (@swedense) December 7, 2018
Michelle Obama via @NYTimes: https://t.co/LZ7E6IwRhB
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Studiocanal and David Heyman’s Heyday Films, who produced the Paddington movies, will team with the Astrid Lindgren Company for the upcoming film adaptation. “I am thrilled to collaborate with Thomas Gustafsson, Olle Nyman and their team at the Astrid Lindgren Company and our partners at Studiocanal on this film adaptation of the brilliant and timeless Pippi Longstocking. Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force, strength of character and her irrepressible joie de vivre. Astrid Lindgren’s books have been translated around the globe for many years – a testament to her vision which we are determined to honor with a new film, ” said producer Heyman according to Deadline.
Nils Nyman, Lindgren’s grandson and CEO of Astrid Lindgren Film shared Heyman's enthusiasm for the new project, adding "In David Heyman, with his impressive track-record of bringing great literary works to the screen, together with Studiocanal we are confident that we have found a team that can understand and appreciate the full value of Pippi Longstocking and develop films that capture both the playfulness and the gravity in my grandmother's works."
No joke - I think my favorite superhero movie as a young kid was Pippi Longstocking. pic.twitter.com/leP6CGd4lV— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 12, 2018
The film is expected to follow the red-haired girl who has boundless energy, strength, and bravery. Pippi's "irrepressible joie de vivre" is what the producers feel would make her character appeal to audiences today as well induce nostalgia towards fans since the beginning. The character first appeared in three Pippi chapter books that were published from 1945 to 1948. This was followed by three short stories and a number of picture book adaptations. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have even been translated into 77 languages, reports Variety. According to Astrid Lindgren's website, " Pippi is regularly voted as one of the world’s favourite children’s characters; self-sufficient, quick-witted, generous and never letting anything – or anyone – shake her self-belief or take advantage. Her fans range from astronauts and politicians to Madonna, Lady Gaga, CocoRosie, Caitlin Moran, Amy Poehler, Maggie O’Farrell and Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. Her rebellious nature also inspired the character of Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. No stranger to counter-culture, Pippi can be seen around the world in tattoos, celebrity photographs, works of graffiti and on catwalks as a symbol of female strength, resilience, kindness, fairness and acceptance." We'll be waiting!