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Winter's Bone director Debra Granik working on a Pippi Longstocking movie

01.12.2011

Apparently there's a new trend in Hollywood that I didn't realize until just now. Ass kicking teenage girls. Yes, Hit Girl is the first thing that comes to mind, but then you have your sword-wielding Alice (of WONDERLAND), Hanna the Eric Bana-trained assassin, the cast of SUCKER PUNCH, Mattie Ross from TRUE GRIT and Ree Dolly from WINTER'S BONE who must track down her meth dealer father to save her family.

All of these are highlighted in an LA Times article which then goes on to casually mention that WINTER'S BONE director Debra Granik is currently working on a film treatment for Pippi Longstocking. For those of you who didn't used to be little girls, Pippi Longstocking is a redheaded, pigtailed character from a series of books by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. She frequently spars with adults and has superhuman strength. Wow, did not know that.

Longstocking has been the subject of many film and TV adaptations already, meaning naturally, it's time for a reboot. Right?

Here's what Granik has to say about empowered girl stars in general:

"People are finding these heroines charismatic, unexpected and fresh," says "Winter's Bone" director Debra Granik. "What a person in the business can get from that is, 'Hey, a young female protagonist doesn't need to have a boyfriend, get pregnant, cut herself or be naked to attract an audience.' "

Yeah, I would agree that this is a good trend, though being naked is always a plus. If they're 18 of course that is! But seriously, it's nice to have these kinds of characters leading adventure and action films instead of generic buff white male for change. As for Pippi Longstocking? I'm a bit skeptical, but I won't judge until I hear more.

Extra Tidbit: Hayao Miyazaki once was considering doing an animated adaptation of Pippi Longstocking, but he was shot down by the book's author Lindgren.
Source: LA Times

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3:42AM on 01/13/2011

No need

They're already making a modern remake of the character. Its called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (according to Fincher)
They're already making a modern remake of the character. Its called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (according to Fincher)
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5:17PM on 01/12/2011
I remember Pippi Longstocking.

This is the time where heroines are finally catching on and being accepted with their male counterparts. Strike while the iron is hot, I say.
I remember Pippi Longstocking.

This is the time where heroines are finally catching on and being accepted with their male counterparts. Strike while the iron is hot, I say.
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2:38PM on 01/12/2011
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1:58PM on 01/12/2011
I guess I have nothing against a Pippi movie. But as Granik's FIRST film after gaining all the praise and notoriety for W.Bone? Seems odd to me . . .
I guess I have nothing against a Pippi movie. But as Granik's FIRST film after gaining all the praise and notoriety for W.Bone? Seems odd to me . . .
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12:49PM on 01/12/2011
I was just thinking about this character this morning and was wondering when she'd make a comeback. Weird.
I was just thinking about this character this morning and was wondering when she'd make a comeback. Weird.
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12:22PM on 01/12/2011
I'm a guy, and I remember reading some Pippi Longstocking books as a kid. I read everything I could get my hands on, though.

Oh, about the movie. I'm okay with this. Winter's Bone was fantastic, I'm open to whatever direction Granik wants to go in, next.
I'm a guy, and I remember reading some Pippi Longstocking books as a kid. I read everything I could get my hands on, though.

Oh, about the movie. I'm okay with this. Winter's Bone was fantastic, I'm open to whatever direction Granik wants to go in, next.
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12:18PM on 01/12/2011
Winter's Bone was one of my favorite movies of the year, and one of only four that I gave a 5/5 to. Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal as Ree Dolly. I had read the book prior to seeing the movie and she captured the character perfectly.

I'm all for movies with ass-kicking heroines. If this is the start of a new trend, then I'm happy to hear it. There are so many great young actresses these days and they deserve to be empowered with quality characters rather than dull roles as girlfriends
Winter's Bone was one of my favorite movies of the year, and one of only four that I gave a 5/5 to. Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal as Ree Dolly. I had read the book prior to seeing the movie and she captured the character perfectly.

I'm all for movies with ass-kicking heroines. If this is the start of a new trend, then I'm happy to hear it. There are so many great young actresses these days and they deserve to be empowered with quality characters rather than dull roles as girlfriends or damsels in distress.

Here's some trivia. Pippi Longstocking was the inspiration for Lisbeth Salander. The author thought of her as an older version of this character.
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12:18PM on 01/12/2011
I'm a Pippi fan from youth! In the 70's U could catch on Saturday afternoons one of the handful of Pippi films on TV.I actually have a photo postcard autographed by Pippi Actress Inger Nilsson and one by Pippi Author Astrid Lindgren. I think this would be be a neat project.
I'm a Pippi fan from youth! In the 70's U could catch on Saturday afternoons one of the handful of Pippi films on TV.I actually have a photo postcard autographed by Pippi Actress Inger Nilsson and one by Pippi Author Astrid Lindgren. I think this would be be a neat project.
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