The one and only Princess of the South Seas is making her way to the big screen in a newly announced Pippi Longstocking movie.

David Heyman, the producer behind the Harry Potter franchise and most recently, Paddington, has just revealed his latest project––a feature film based on the classic children’s book Pippi Longstocking.

“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,” Heyman told Variety.

Pippi was brought to life by beloved Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1945 and has since been featured in multiple books, short stories and films, including the 1988 movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. The story of the red-haired, freckled girl who is strong enough to lift her own horse has been translated into 77 languages and her books have sold more than 65 million copies.

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“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,” said Nils Nyman, Lindgren’s grandson and CEO of Astrid Lindgren Film.

No word yet on who will play the famous resident of Villa Villekula or when the movie will be released in theaters.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: IMDB

 

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