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Everything We Know About The 'Pippi Longstocking' Reboot

Everything We Know About The 'Pippi Longstocking' Reboot

With her flame-red plaits and mismatched knee-high socks, the image of Pippi Longstocking takes many of us straight back to childhood bedtime stories.

The beloved character, created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren, will soon be back in our lives thanks to a film adaptation currently in the works.

Studiocanal and David Heyman's Heyday Films - the team behind the widely acclaimed Paddington movies - have joined forces with the Astrid Lindgren Company for the project.

The film adaptation will be based on the book series by the same name. (Credit: OUP Oxford)
The film adaptation will be based on the book series by the same name. (Credit: OUP Oxford)
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The movie will mark an incredible 75 years since Pippi Longstocking's first appearance in literature.

Producers have yet to announce the film's title, cast, plot or release date, but with Pippi described by Lindgren as the strongest girl in the world, it's no overstatement to call her an early icon of female empowerment - so we're expecting girl power vibes a-plenty.

The freckled-faced character first stepped into reader's imaginations in a series of 1940s titles, kicking off with Pippi Longstocking (1945), followed by Pippi Goes on Board (1946) and Pippi in the South Seas (1948).

Developed in numerous short stories and picture books, Pippi became a global phenomenon, translated into 77 languages and sold over 65 million copies worldwide.

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The beloved character was created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. (Credit: PA)
The beloved character was created by Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. (Credit: PA)

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In a statement released by STUDIOCANAL, Heyday Films and the Astrid Lindgren Company, Paddington producer Heyman said, "Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force and strength of character."

"Astrid Lindgren's books have been translated around the globe for many years - a testament to her vision which we are determined to honour with a new film."

Pippi has acquired some famous fans over the years, including none other than Michelle Obama

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The last live-action film based on the book series was in 1988 and called 'The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking'. (Credit: Sony Pictures)
The last live-action film based on the book series was in 1988 and called 'The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking'. (Credit: Sony Pictures)

"And she was almost magical in a way. I mean, she was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had superhuman strength."

We couldn't agree more, Michelle.

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With the Pippi Longstocking movie in the earliest stages of development, a release dates is still to be announced.

Featured Image Credit: Sony Pictures

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.