Decades after their creation, beloved book and comic strip characters The Moomins are getting their first feature film.
Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson created the family of white hippopotamus-esque fairy tale characters who live a carefree and adventurous life.
Nine books and five picture books were created for the series between 1945 and 1993. They were also turned into a Polish animated series in the 1980s, and a Japanese anime series in the 1990s.
Now, the film “Moomins” is being shopped around in Toronto which will draw inspiration from one of the lighter and more fun early comic strips rather than the darker and often strange later stories.
In the original story, the Moomins are holidaying in the French Riviera where they meet an Audrey Hepburn-style character. Meanwhile, the staff at the hotel mistake them for eccentric millionaires.
Hanna Hemulen Hemila and Xavier Picard will direct the project which is aiming for a mid-2014 release.