We’re not saying we don’t like movies about princesses, because of course we do. It’s just that we wish there were more princesses who stood up for themselves, rescued themselves, and generally relied on princes less. Where’s our feminist hero who rescues herself, pulling herself up from her bootstraps to give herself the happy ending she so dreamed of? Well apparently, this princess is in the book Paper Bag Princess, which is being turned into a movie by Universal. Elizabeth Banks has been tapped as a possible director of the film, and Margot Robbie, who’s producing the film with Elizabeth, may also star in it.
We’re not saying the Paper Bag Princess is our feminist hero, but she kind of is. Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko, the book tells the story of a princess whose castle, and wardrobe, are destroyed by a dragon on the eve of her wedding. The princess’s fiancé is also captured. Armed with nothing more than a paper bag, the princess goes on to save herself.
Since the book was published in 1980, it has been reprinted 90 times and has sold over 10 million copies. So when we say there’s power in the princess, we mean it.
While this movie is still in the works, we’re crossing our fingers and toes that it gets picked up soon. We can’t wait to see if Robbie is in the film, and we’re also hoping a women of color gets to play our new favorite princess.
Either way, we’ll be taking every kid we know to see this flick.