That old tomboy heroine Pippi Longstocking is getting a reboot with the help of “Winter’s Bone” filmmaker Debra Granik.
Buried within an LA Times interview with Granik comes the news that she’s co-writing the treatment for a new Longstocking feature film with her producing partner Anne Rosellini.
Swedish author Astrid Lindgren penned the children’s book series about a unconventional, assertive nine-year-old girl with superhuman strength who frequently mocks and dupes adults she encounters, especially the pompous and condescending ones.
The character has been adapted numerous times on the big and small screen over the past six decades. In fact in the early 70’s, Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”) and Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”) were keen on doing an animated feature film adaptation of the character.
It wasn’t a pipe dream either, they did a lot of research, location scouting in Sweden and met with creator Astrid Lindgren. Permission however was ultimately denied and that project was cancelled.