In exciting news for Pippi Longstocking fans, production houses Studiocanal and Heyday Films will soon bring the childhood classic to life.
Studiocanal and Heyday Films, the production houses that collaborated together in order to bring you the hit movie Paddington, are joining forces yet again to bring to life another childhood classic - Pippi Longstocking. With her bright red hair and uninhibited free spirit, she'll soon be in live-action. The movie is predicted to be a great hit, as David Heyman, who you may remember famously produced the Harry Potter series, will be taking the reigns on this project. While no details have been released as of now, Heyman is "determined to honor" Pippi Longstocking's literary greatness through film, reports Variety Magazine.
Pippi Longstocking, a cornerstone of many of our childhoods, is, of course, the main character in legendary Swedish author Lindgren's eponymous series of children’s books. The first Pippi Longstocking chapter books were published from 1945 to 1948. Following this, three short stories, as well as multiple picture book adaptations, were published. Since they were first published, the books have been translated into a whopping 77 languages. Additionally, more than 65 million copies have been sold worldwide. That just goes to show how universally loved our Pippi truly is.
In the books, Pippi is characterized as a totally independent girl, wise way beyond her years. She's also the strongest girl in the whole world. With her iconic red hair and freckles, her strength and spirit shine through in all of Lindgren's books. In addition to this, Pippi is generous, kind, and absolutely loves to have fun. These three qualities, the producers note, are most important now more than ever before, which is perhaps why they decided to adapt the books for the big screen. While the movie is surely bound to be a huge hit with adults taking a walk down memory lane, we reckon today's children, too, will still be able to relate to Pippi Longstocking and her unique personality.
Nils Nyman, Lindgren’s grandson and CEO of Astrid Lindgren Film, affirmed in an official statement, "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." And we couldn't agree more–we're sure Heyman will do Pippi's character and her adventures justice.
Heyman stated with regard to his newest pet project, "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." Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer and EVP of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern added, "It’s a real pleasure to work again with David Heyman and the team at Heyday, bringing Pippi to audiences around the world. Pippi will play to the imaginations of adults and children alike, and we are so delighted to bring her beautifully enduring stories to life." Jeffrey Clifford and Rosie Alison will join Heyman as producers on the film. While you wait for Pippi Longstocking to come to life, you can catch up on some of Studiocanal and Heyday's other collaborations, including Paddington as well as Marc Munden’s The Secret Garden.