Free-spirited Longstocking, with her iconic red hair, freckles and strength is the protagonist in the children’s books by legendary Swedish author Lindgren.
We're getting a Pippi Longstocking movie and we can't keep calm! Studiocanal and Heyday Films, who partnered on the successful “Paddington” features, have come together with the Astrid Lindgren Company to bring the iconic character to the big screen. Longstocking is known for her unique look: mismatched stockings, carrot-colored hair and freckly face, but also for her kindness, her super-human strength and resilience. She loves to have fun and the producers feel that her character will be more relevant than ever. She 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 to 77 languages!
Longstocking, with her iconic red hair, freckles, strength, and free spirit, is the protagonist in the popular children’s books by legendary Swedish author Lindgren. Pippi is the strongest girl in the world and totally independent. People love her character for being able to live by her own rules and not care what anyone else thinks of her. She's perfectly fine being a little different from everyone else. A character trait loved by millions, for sure. And one that is even relatable in this day and age!
According to Variety, David Heyman, who has also produced the Harry Potter movies, said, “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.” Nils Nyman, Lindgren’s grandson and CEO of Astrid Lindgren Film shared the excitement. He 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."
“It’s a real pleasure to work again with David Heyman and the team at Heyday, bringing Pippi to audiences around the world,” said Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer and EVP of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern. “Pippi will play to the imaginations of adults and children alike, and we are so delighted to bring her beautifully enduring stories to life.”