Paddington movie team bringing Pippi Longstocking back to big screen

Children’s favourite Pippi Longstocking is striding back to the big screen, thanks to the bosses behind the Paddington films.The nine-year-old redhead with superhuman strength first appeared in a book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1945, a…

Children’s favourite Pippi Longstocking is striding back to the big screen, thanks to the bosses behind the Paddington films.

The nine-year-old redhead with superhuman strength first appeared in a book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1945, after the author’s daughter Karin asked her mum to cheer her up with a story when she was sick. The get-well tales ultimately became a global phenomenon which spawned books, TV series and films – most recently 1988’s live-action movie, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.

Now executives at StudioCanal and David Heyman’s Heyday Films, who recently brought back another famed children’s literary character, Michael Bond’s Paddington, are planning a big screen revamp for the beloved character, in partnership with staff at the Astrid Lindgren Company.

“Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force, strength of character and her irrepressible joie de vivre,” Heyman shared in a statement. “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.”

Cast and crew details have not yet been released but the feisty little girl already has at least one very famous fan – former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama recently told the Today show Pippi Longstocking was the first book she really loved.

“I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the centre of everything,” she recalled. “And she was almost magical in a way. I mean, she was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had superhuman strength.”

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David Heyman: ‘J. K. Rowling isn’t cashing in with five Fantastic Beasts films’

J. K. Rowling isn’t milking her wizarding world, according to producer David Heyman.The Oscar nominee has worked closely with author Rowling across the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beats film franchises, with the second film of the latter, The Crimes o…

J. K. Rowling isn’t milking her wizarding world, according to producer David Heyman.

The Oscar nominee has worked closely with author Rowling across the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beats film franchises, with the second film of the latter, The Crimes of Grindelwald, hitting cinemas last month (Nov18).

Fantastic Beasts, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Magizoologist Newt Scamander, is a prequel to the Harry Potter story, and was originally intended to span three films – before Rowling changed it to five.

“It wasn’t a difficult conversation to have at the studio,” Heyman told Collider of the extra two movies. “But it didn’t go from anybody speaking to Jo (Rowling) and saying, ‘You know what? Let’s milk this’. Both in fairness to the studio, but also to Jo.

“While it may look like it to some people, there is nothing cynical about this. This is all from her head. So she begins with three films, because she thinks that’s the story she wants to tell, and then as she digs deeper… and she hadn’t written anything when she said three.

“Then she wrote the first, and as she was writing the second, actually just before then, but as she says we working on the first, she began to realise there was a whole lot more.”

He added that while he’s sure the celebrated author knew the big plot moments, she thought up lots more storylines as she began writing.

The third instalment is slated for a 2020 release, though Heyman warns that’s not set in stone.

“My sense is, if I were a betting man, that we would probably be doing the next one in two years. But let’s see, you know? It’s early days. The hope would be two years later,” he said.

The cast of the new film has yet to be confirmed.

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Producer confirms new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 childr…

Producer David Heyman has confirmed the new Willy Wonka movie will be a prequel.

In February (18), it was reported that Paddington filmmaker Paul King was in talks with executives at Warner Bros. to make another film inspired by Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

While writer Simon Rich’s storyline for the project remains under wraps, Heyman has now divulged that the film will be a prequel, rather than a follow-up tale, about the eccentric chocolatier.

“We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel,” he told Collider.com. “What makes Willy when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away? It’s how does he get there? So, we’re playing around with that.”

In the original 1971 Mel Stuart-directed film, in which Wonka was played by Gene Wilder, the character’s origin story wasn’t explored.

And in the 2005 Tim Burton version, which featured Johnny Depp, flashbacks revealed that Wonka’s father, a prominent dentist named Wilbur, who was portrayed by Christopher Lee, strictly forbade him from consuming candy due to the potential risk to his teeth – leading him to later launch his own chocolate factory.

Heyman went on to explain he is hopeful that King will be able to helm the movie, though the director is currently in the pre-production phases of Disney’s live-action Pinocchio adaptation, meaning he will be busy for at least the next 18 months.

The British producer, who worked on both Paddington movies and the Harry Potter film franchise, is currently promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Depp and Katherine Waterston, and is due for release on 16 November.

There is still no word on who might be cast as Wonka in the new film, with Ryan Gosling, Ezra Miller, Donald Glover reportedly all in the running to play the iconic character.

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Damon Herriman cast as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film indu…

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film industry in 1969, with the actor happening to live next door to Sharon Tate, who is later tragically murdered by the followers of cult leader Manson.

While the shoot is already underway, editors at The Wrap have now confirmed that Herriman is to play Manson in the film, joining already established castmembers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

The Australian actor is best known for his role as Dewey Crowe in FX’s Justified, and has also had minor roles in Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake: China Girl, as well as parts in The Lone Ranger and The Water Diviner.

Empire star Rumer Willis has also been cast as British actress Joanna Pettet, a friend of Tate who had lunch at her house just hours before her murder, while Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens.

Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti, Margaret Qualley and Madisen Beaty have landed parts too.

In addition to directing, Tarantino has written the screenplay and will produce the feature in collaboration with Gravity’s David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, who previously worked with the 55-year-old on his movies Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, but is now expected to debut on 26 July.

Lena Dunham was also recently added to the ensemble cast, as well as Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo.

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