While people speculate about the Will they? Won’t they? Should they? of Anna Kendrick starring in an adaptation of the comic Squirrel Girl, Lumberjanes is an unlikely heroes-comic movie that’s actually happening, and actually has a director attached. Emily Carmichael will take the reigns for the 20th Century Fox project, which the Wrap describes as “the female version of The Goonies.” And while that sounds charming, the official description of the story from Boom! Studios sounds way cooler, saying the story is more like, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.” The Lumberjanes comic, created by Shannon Walters, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen and Noelle Stevenson, debuted two years ago and has become a fan favorite, with the Wrap reporting that it has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. It’s also a great way to course-correct for a studio that, as of this spring, had no female directors on its slate for projects through 2018. Wow, guys. Carmichael is having a good 2016 so far, as she signed on earlier this year to write and direct Powerhouse, a film that’s being produced by Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Simon Kinberg. Not bad for a feature-film debut.
An earlier version of this story referred to the comics characters as superheroes. They are not technically superheroes, despite their efforts to save the world.