After 30 years, Peter-No-Tail will return to the screen
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- CANNES 2015: A new film about Gösta Knutsson’s animated character is on Tre Vänner Produktion’s line-up announced at Cannes
Swedish author Gösta Knutsson’s anthropomorphic cat, Peter-No-Tail – his hero that features in 12 children’s books, which Swedish directors Jan Gissberg and Stig Lasseby animated for the screen in two features (1981 and 1985) – is set to return to the cinema.
Adapted for a children’s opera (1949) and a 1997 Christmas calendar by Swedish pubcaster SVT, Pelle Svanslös, as he is known in Swedish, and his friends will star in a 3D animated feature developed by Sweden’s Tre Vänner Produktion, with Sagogränd and Jan Gissberg.
At Cannes, Tre Vänner – set up in 1995 by screenwriters Michael Hjorth, Johan Kindblom and Tomas Tivemark, and now part of Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri (SF) – announced their new line-up with SF, which also includes Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s new version of Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg’s 1950 classic, The Emigrants (see the news).
“It will be great fun to make a film about Sweden's most famous cat with no tail, leading Knutsson’s characters into a new adventure,” explained the film’s Swedish producer, Jon Nohrstedt, who most recently signed Swedish director Christian Ryltenius’ fully animated Bamse and the City of Thieves (2014).
Swedish author Martin Widmark’s ten-volume (so far) children’s detective series about monster agent Nelly Rapp and the Monster Academy will also be adapted for the screen. “A film about Rapp and her fascinating world looks like more fantastic fun, and an exciting challenge,” said Nohrstedt.
Tre Vänner already has one film based on best-selling Swedish author Fredrik Backman – Swedish director Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove [+see also:
film profile], starring Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård – scheduled for a 25 December release, and now it has opted for his 2014 title Britt-Marie Was Here. Like the first Backman adaptation, the next movie will be produced by Annica Bellander.