Pippi Longstocking Set To Return To The Big Screen In Sweden?

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
From my childhood there are ever-so-brief memories of watching someone's adaptation of Pippi Longstocking. Television, film and animation versions of Astrid Lindgren's children's books have dotted the entertainment landscape since the late 40s. It had to be one of those.

In some way or another the red-haired firecracker will return to the big screen in Efraim Longstocking and the Cannibal Princess. Efraim is her father and his character was inspired by real life sailor Carl Emil Pettersson. He was shipwrecked near Tabar Island in 1904; an island inhabited by cannibals. Presumably he was deemed unfit for consumption by the locals and married the chief's daughter. Author Jaokim Langer wrote two books based on his story.

The producer Mirijam Johansson will base the film "...on two books by Swedish author Joakim Langer (In Search of Efraim and Pippi Longstocking and the King), a screenplay by Daniel Fridell and Ulf Stark, and approved by Saltkråkan, which holds Lindgren's rights... is currently negotiating with a top US screenwriter who will transfer the books and the endorsed script".

So it remains to be seen how much of the story will be about Pippi. And I do not know what to make of the 'top US screenwriter' endorsement; perhaps there is the hope that it will lead to distribution outside of Sweden? I say you could always use a good rip-roaring family adventure no matter what language it is in.
via Cineuropa
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  • Nikko

    Yeah, but Fridell made Beneath the surface, one of the best films i ever seen. Problem is that he might do Pippi injecting heroin. But he's only one of the screenwriters as i understand from another article. The good thing about the music in the originals was by George Riedel, not Johanssen who contributed very little as i heard.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    Never liked that movie....has some good actors though.

    Well.....Johansson wrote title song at least....and that most famous song from that movie...so you can´t say he didn´t contribute.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    Lindgren is popular nowadays....don´t know if you heard this Mr Mack, but Tomas Alfredson will do a new adaptation of The Brothers Lionheart.

    I always liked redheads.....maybe because of Pippi Longstocking...?

    But Daniel Fridell.....very flawed filmmaker....mainly interesting because he did gangster flicks before Espinosa....but not very good ones.

    Also the music in the original films.....made by swedish jazz legend Jan Johansson, he did some great music.

    Perhaps this will be a new wave of remakes, adaptations...based on swedish childrens books?

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