The Moomins, the film
I would have never thought that Hollywood would consider a film about the Moomins, remember those strange creatures in the children's show that looked like hippopotamus'? Well they really are getting their own film, and what's more it's getting some big voices to add to the production too.
Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård and Peter Stormare are three of the big names in the film already, a film that will see the Moomins animated on the big screen in 3D.
Moomins and the Comet Chase is the name of the film and Stellan Skarsgård and Alexander Skarsgård will be voicing the characters of Moominpapa and Moomintroll, the son of Moominpapa while Peter Stormare will be voicing Snufkin. Nice touch with father and son playing father and son Moomins.
According to The Hollywood Reporter through Yahoo News (no link provided) the original Moomins is some sixty-five years old this year and was created by Swedish-Finnish writer-illustrator Tove Jansson, and the film will focus on the Moomins realising that a comet is headed their way and set to destroy their village.
Maria Lindberg is directing the film which comes from a well-written script by Joel Backstrom, Iivo Baric, Anders Larsson and Minna Karvonen.
The characters have been translated into forty different languages and have been adapted for, wait for this, television, film, opera and radio, as well as the comic book origins. They are so popular that they spawned a huge merchandising industry, and that's probably what Hollywood is looking to capitalise on.
I can't say I'm overjoyed at the prospect of them coming to the big screen in 3D, but I do remember them from my youth.