Munich – Hurray, hurray, Pumuckl is back.
Almost 60 years after his first appearance, the red-haired goblin is set to perform again. “Pumuckl Media” is planning a new TV series.
Cornelia Liebig-Marciniak, Pumuckl Media managing director, said her company was in talks with a streaming service and a broadcaster. “Negotiations are still ongoing.” The plan is to begin next year with the production of 13 episodes for the first season, which is to be broadcast in 2022. If everything goes according to plan, another season should follow every year.
The news comes right on time for the 100th birthday of Pumuckl inventor Ellis Kaut, who wrote the first series of radio plays for “Meister Eder und seine Pumuckl” for Bayerischer Rundfunk in 1962. On November 17th, Kaut would have been 100 years old. She died in September 2015.
Pumuckl Media, in which Kauts Erben, Pumuckl illustrator Barbara von Johnson and Infafilm GmbH are united, holds the rights to the figure. The fact that there should now be new Pumuckl stories would be “the greatest birthday present” for her mother, said Kaut’s daughter Ursula Bagnall.
Readings that were planned for the 100th birthday of the Foundation for the Promotion of Reading and Children’s Literature founded by Kaut had to be canceled due to the corona pandemic. “Maybe we will celebrate her 101st birthday next year for that,” said Bagnall. Pumuckl would like that better than a round number.