Elizabeth Banks and Margot Robbie adapting empowering children's book The Paper Bag Princess

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Oct 31, 2017

Robert Munsch's beloved 1980 children's book The Paper Bag Princess has finally found a home for development into a feature film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has won a bidding war for the book, and multi talented actresses and producers Elizabeth Banks and Margot Robbie are attached to produce through their respective companies, Brownstone Productions and LuckyChap Entertainment. Banks is also set to direct. Katie Silberman will pen the adaptation, and if scheduling allows, the plan is for Robbie to star.

With art by Michael Martchenko, Munsch's book tells the story of a princess who steps up to defend her kingdom against a dragon, all while wearing nothing but a paper bag. She eventually saves her kingdom and her prince, but when the prince chides her for not looking like a proper princess, she calls him a "bum" and ventures off into the sunset by herself.

The book was a best seller, and won praise for it's message of female empowerment and subversion of genre stereotypes. Such themes and ideas should still be relevant now, perhaps more than ever, so here's hoping the adaptation moves forward smoothly.