Elizabeth Banks attached to direct The Paper Bag Princess movie

Robert Munsch's classic children's book, with illustrations by Michael Martchenko, has sold over 10 million copies since it was published in 1980.
The Paper Bag Princess is being adapted into a film, with Elizabeth Banks attached to direct. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Women In Film, LA, Max Mara, and BMW)

Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to The Paper Bag PrincessRobert Munsch's classic children's book about a princess who saves a prince from a dragon. American actress and director Elizabeth Banks is attached to direct the film adaptation — with Australian actress Margot Robbie producing and possibly starring and screenwriter Kate Silberman developing the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Paper Bag Princess, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1980. The book is one of many of the Canadian author's beloved, bestselling picture books, which also include Love You ForeverBlackflies and 50 Below Zero.

The Paper Bag Princess begins with Princess Elizabeth excited about her upcoming wedding to Prince Ronald, until a dragon burns down her castle and takes off with the prince. Her clothes lost in the fire, Elizabeth wears paper bag and travels to the dragon's lair to rescue Ronald. But the prince is dismayed by Elizabeth's sooty appearance, which leads her to call him a 'bum' and dance off without him.

Banks, known for her roles in films like Pitch Perfect, The Lego Movie and The Hunger Games, was the director and a producer on the 2015 film Pitch Perfect 2.


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