Director Debra Granik looks to be making a somewhat surprising move, following up her critically acclaimed dark thriller Winter’s Bone with an adaptation of “Pippi Longstocking,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
“Pippi Longstocking” was originally a Swedish children’s book, first published in 1945. It introduced the world to the character, a 9-year-old girl with trademark red hair and pigtails. Sequel books followed and spawned both multiple television series and feature films.
“As a kid, I got really envious of men’s coming of age in movies,” Granik told the newspaper in a comment that could apply to both Winters Bone and Pippi Longstocking. “Their knowledge of darkness would grow, their compassion would grow, whatever it was, it felt like they would gain something, and the female coming of age often was punitive, like an unwanted pregnancy. We’re all like, ‘Oh God, I’m so glad I’m not her.’ ”
Granik is developing the property with her co-writer and producer, Anne Rosellini.