Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Debra Granik writing Pippi Longstalking treatment

This kind of surprises me as her follow up to the popular indie Winter's Bone. I wouldn't think she'd be doing a children's story.

The LA Times has a great piece up that looks at a number of recent and upcoming films that offer tough, practical heroines that stand in stark contrast to a lot of the female characters that media offers up to young women. One of the highlighted films is Winter’s Bone. Mentioning the latter, the paper drops an interesting tidbit: director Debra Granik is working on a new treatment for Pippi Longstocking with her producing partner Anne Rosellini.
The article calls the character ‘the original tomboy,’ and while the name might evoke for some the image of a character whose time has passed, just refresh on a description of Pippi to see how easily she might be the focus of a film with some broad appeal:

Nine-year-old Pippi is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. She frequently mocks and dupes adults she encounters, an attitude likely to appeal to young readers; however, Pippi usually reserves her worst behavior for the most pompous and condescending of adults. She turns white around the nose whenever she gets angry, though this rarely happens. Pippi’s anger is reserved for the most extreme cases, such as when a man ill-treats his horse.

Hhmm... still scratching my head. But maybe she will put a new spin on it and make the story all her own.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !