Reese Witherspoon Enrolling in 'Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp'
Like many actors in the studio system these days, Reese Witherspoon has her sights set on more than just acting. She recently formed a production company called Pacific Standard, and they've just scored their first big acquisition by picking up the rights to the forthcoming children's book series Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp for a film adaptation, in which the actress will both play a supporting role and produce alongside her new partner Bruna Papandreas. THR says the story is a modern-day fairy tale about a school that turns girls into warrior princesses and prepares them for battle against evil witches. Read on!
The book was written by M.A. Larson, a former assistant of legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols, who went on to work heavily in animation. Larson has worked with Cartoon Network, Disney XD, and more since moving to Los Angeles, but this is his first novel. Witherspoon clearly believes in the material and sees a lot of potential for this to set a good example for young women, commenting, "Finally, there is a princess story that reflects the values young women truly want to embody. These princesses are strong, independent, and fierce, and the knights are their match." She's got a point - most fairy tales lean heavily on the "damsel in distress" cliche, and perhaps following the strong females in The Hunger Games and Pixar's Brave, this will be the next step in bringing that stereotype to an end. Not surprisingly, the intent is to use the film to start a new franchise, since Larson has a two-book deal with his publishers.