The project is sure to be a superhit in the hands of this team, especially since David Heyman, the producer of the 'Harry Potter' movies, is also onboard.
Astrid Lindgren's red-haired, freckle-faced Swedish enfant terrible, Pippi Longstocking—or, to be strictly proper, "Pippilotta Delicatessen Windowshade Mackrelmind Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking"—is coming back to the big screen. Studiocanal and Heyday Films, the production houses that joined forces to bring us Paddington, are teaming up once again for this nostalgic project. They will be working alongside the Astrid Lindgren Company to bring the iconic character to life and with David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies, onboard, we're already placing our bets on the reboot being a spectacular hit at the box office.
Nils Nyman, Lindgren’s grandson and CEO of Astrid Lindgren Film, issued a statement regarding the exciting venture, in which she expressed confidence in the Pippi Longstocking movie team. According to Variety, she said, "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."
Heyman promised that the author's vision will not be compromised, saying, "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, issued a joint statement in which they expressed their excitement to be working with Heyman again, especially on a project of the likes of Pippi Longstocking.
"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," they said. For those unfamiliar with Pippi, she is the main character in an eponymous series of children's books by legendary Swedish author Lindgren. Since first being introduced in Sweden in 1945, the character soon gained popularity across the world and has since become an undisputed childhood icon.
So help me if they hire a non-redhead for the new Pippi Longstocking movie.... 🔥 No mere brunette could do her justice. pic.twitter.com/2YP0Aux6Y9— Felonia (@felonia) October 12, 2019
The iconic character cheerfully by herself in the ramshackle Villa Villekulla and befriended her well-behaved and better-groomed neighbors, Tommy and Annika. Lindgren's series of rollicking, anarchic books featuring Pippi mildly horrified a generation of parents and captured the imagination of their children, especially since she was introduced to readers as such: "She had no mother and no father, and that was of course very nice because there was no one to tell her to go to bed just when she was having the most fun and no one who could make her take cod liver oil when she much preferred caramel candy."
According to The New York Times, the series sold millions of copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Speaking of her most popular character in a 1985 interview, the author said, "Bertrand Russell has written that a child dreams about power as grown-ups dream sexual wish dreams. This is a child who has power. That is wonderful, for children to think, 'Oh, if I were like Pippi! I could say to Father, 'You don't do that!''... She has power, but she never misuses that power, which I think is the most splendid thing, and the most difficult."