For my tastes, one of the most surprisingly effective films of 2010 was Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. Jennifer Lawrence’s turn as the tenacious and wise-beyond-her-years Ree Dolly was absolutely riveting, and Granik’s subversion of the noir genre by way of a 17-year-old girl in the thick of the Ozarks was an absolute winner on every single level.
Given Winter’s Bone, Granik’s next project is all the more curious and, really, intriguing: buried in a Los Angeles Times article about the influx of young leading women in 2010’s cinematic offerings like Lawrence and True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld comes word that Granik and producing partner Anne Rosellini are working on a treatment for a new Pippi Longstocking adaptation.
Yes, that Pippi Longstocking. The same impossibly strong, defiant and freckle-faced red-haired girl you ought to know from Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s series of novels and subsequent film and television adaptations. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Pippi on film, and any fears that a new adaptation would be overly hokey should be put to rest by Granik’s involvement — after the director’s celebrated work with Lawrence on Winter’s Bone, I’m convinced there’s no one better to bring Pippi back to screens. Here’s hoping this one fleshes itself out further, and soon.
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