Disney is quickly making new, live-action adaptations of beloved animated properties a cornerstone of their business going forward. With previously released films like Maleficent and this year’s Cinderella, along with their previously announced future projects like Beauty and the Beast and Mulan, the studio has added yet another adaptation to their upcoming slate. This one, though, is a little different.
According to a report from Deadline, Walt Disney Pictures will be adapting Winnie the Pooh — the anthropomorphic bear first created in the 1920s by British author A.A. Milne — into a new, live-action feature film. To bring the film to life, Disney has hired a young independent filmmaker: Alex Ross Perry, who most recently directed Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman, which bowed at Sundance in 2014.
The film reportedly revolves around Christopher Robin, who, as a child, is Pooh and the gang’s best friend from outside the Hundred Acre Wood. In the original stories, it was Christopher’s advancing age that ultimately saw Pooh and friends throw a farewell party for the youngster, since he had to go off to boarding school. Subsequent stories, though, created by Disney, have showed Christopher return to the Wood to spend another gleeful summer with his friends there.
The new film will concern Christopher Robin as an adult, and his return to the Hundred Acre Wood after a long absence. Perry is expected to write the film, but it’s not yet confirmed if he’ll be taking the director’s chair, as well.
The character of Christopher Robin was based on Christopher Robin Milne, the son of Winnie the Pooh’s creator. When the “farewell” party that Pooh and friends threw for Christopher Robin was initially published, Christopher Robin Milne was preparing to head off to boarding school himself when he was 9 years old. A.A. Milne designed these stories for his son, and it seems he found real-world inspiration for the tales he told.
No release information is available as of yet, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this as it develops further. Keep it locked on GeekNation to find out when you’ll be able to get back to the House at Pooh Corner.
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