Just earlier this week, we ran the news that Walt Disney Pictures would be doing a live-action “Mulan”. Now, the studio’s next bright idea is to develop the beloved “Winnie The Pooh” as a live-action feature film. Today, Deadline reported that Disney is moving ahead with an adaptation of author AA Milne’s children’s book series featuring the famous red jersey-wearing bear and his buddies Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. The site said that the film will “spin a new yarn about an adult Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Woods.”
At first, a live-action Pooh sounds like a bad idea, but then the Brits pulled it off quite well with “Paddington”, so in the right hands this could be gold. To that end, the studio has already hired upcoming indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry to pen the screenplay. Perry made waves at the Sundance Film Festival last year with “Listen Up Philip”.
Comingsoon provided a brief history of the character: “The soft-spoken yellow teddy bear’s history at the company dates back to the first theatrical short film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, which was supervised by Walt Disney himself in 1966. Two more shorts followed and eventually all three were released to theaters as 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. An additional pair of theatrical shorts in the ’80s were later joined by several TV series, eight direct-to-DVD movies, and four more traditionally-animated theatrical features, the last of which was the 2011 box office failure Winnie the Pooh.”
No release date has been set yet. More updates to come as we get em…