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'Pippi Longstocking' to be made by 'Paddington' team

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Fri, October 4, 2019  /  10:07 pm
'Pippi Longstocking' to be made by 'Paddington' team

Picture dated 07 September 1995 shows Swedish author Astrid Lindgren displaying a copy of her most famous children's book 'Pippi Longstocking' at the celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of the book in Stockholm. Lindgren has died, 94 years old, Swedish news agency TT reported 28 January 2002. (Scanpix Sweden/AFP/Bertil Ericson)

A new "Pippi Longstocking" movie is being made by two companies and three producers from the hit "Paddington" movies.

Astrid Lindgren's story of an atypical, independent and adventurous nine-year-old girl, "Pippi Longstocking," is to be retold in a new film from StudioCanal and Heyday Films.

The pair of production companies previously teamed up for "Paddington" and "Paddington 2," with a third film and a TV series due in 2020.

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Originally told to her daughter, Lindgren's "Pippi Longstocking" was first published in Swedish in 1945, then translated into English in 1950.

The Heyday and StudioCanal collaboration will be the sixth such feature adaptation for the character, whose past reworkings include 1988's "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," with Tami Erin as the lead and Ken Annakin of "Swiss Family Robinson" as director, and 1997's animated movie (and cartoon series spin-off) from Canadian studio Nelvana.

As well as Heyday founder David Heyman ("Paddington," "Harry Potter" franchises, "Gravity"), the Pippi Longstocking project has also named Heyday's Rosie Alison ("Paddington" 1-3) and Jeffrey Clifford ("Paddington" 2-3) as fellow producers.

A release date, director, and cast are yet to be announced.

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