Elizabeth Banks & Margot Robbie Team Up For ‘Paper Bag Princess’
A book called The Paper Bag Princess may sound like a strange concept, but the feminist children’s novel from 1980 is actually really, really badass. In Robert Munsch’s work, the damsel-in-distress narrative is thrown out in favor of a princess who sets out to save her Prince Charming when a dragon kidnaps him after destroying her castle and clothes. That’s where the title comes in – she goes off on a quest to find him wearing only a paper bag.
Now, decades later, the film rights to this classic story have been bought up by Universal and better yet, Elizabeth Banks and Margot Robbie have teamed up to adapt it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Banks is set to direct the film while both women will produce it. The dream is for Robbie to star, but that will depend on factors like the script and, most importantly, scheduling. She’s a busy girl, and with a starring role in the Tonya Harding film I, Tonya set for release this year, she’s about to blow up in a big way.
The film marks a continued push by Banks to tell more stories about strong female characters and put more women in roles in front of and behind the camera. She has several female-driven shows in the works, and has partnered with YouTube to create XX chromosome comedy content. She’s also set to direct a reboot of Charlie’s Angels.
The film is a long way off, but we’re hoping they’ll stick with the original ending when it makes it to the big screen. Indeed, at the end of the novel, she saves the Prince, but because men are awful, he scolds her for not looking like a princess. She swerves away from that hot mess, calls him a “bum,” and dances off into the sunset alone. Yes!