Pooh’s about to get real. Following the massive financial success of Cinderella, Disney is apparently in the mood to greenlight anything and everything that wants to be made into a live-action adaptation. The latest such adaptation announced was Winnie the Pooh.
The film will be written by Alex Ross Perry, who also wrote and directed the recent Sundance entry Listen Up Phillip. Not much has been disclosed so far, but Deadline is reporting that the story will focus on Christopher Robin as an adult, which still leaves a lot open to interpretation. Will anything take place in the Hundred Acre Wood? Will Roo be there? Piglet? Will it basically be Ted 3?
Winnie the Pooh first appeared in author A.A. Milne’s book of poetry When We Were Very Young. His first full-length film was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (which is on Netflix if you’re curious). Most recently he and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood starred in 2011’s animated Winnie the Pooh. His movies and other adaptations have almost always featured a live-action intro, but this will be the first fully live-action Winnie the Pooh film – although there was a mildly terrifying live-action TV show that ran in the 1960s.
This news follows the recent Mulan live-action adaptation announcement last week, and the upcoming Beauty and the Beast which already has a star-studded cast consisting of Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, and Josh Gad. Cinderella, the most recent cartoon-to-live-action film by Disney, has raked in $154.9 million domestically thus far since it first released last month.
No release date or casting information has been revealed by Disney at this time.