Disney Also Working on a Live-Action 'Winnie the Pooh' Adaptation
Earlier this week we learned that Disney was continuing to raid their animated film library for titles to be give live-action remakes with development of a new take on Mulan in the works. Now Deadline reports The House of Mouse will turn the classic property Winnie the Pooh into a live-action feature film as well. This seems a little strange considering the live-action remakes that have been made so far have focused on human characters, but Disney did recently set Tim Burton to direct a new version of Dumbo as well. Even more peculiar is that Listen Up Philip director Alex Ross Perry will be scripting. So how will this work?
The story is said to focus on Christopher Robin as an adult as he returns to Hundred Acre Wood and reunites with the silly old bear from A.A. Milne's classic stories. That's much different than any of the Winnie the Pooh films that have hit the big screen before, which have also included movies for Pooh's friends like Piglet and Tigger. However, I'm interested to see how Disney will bring these characters to life without it feeling hokey. Yes, visual effects can make the characters look great, but the tone needs to be just right for this to work.
Perry is an interesting choice as writer, because his indie Listen Up Philip is anything but kid-friendly, almost like a rawer Wes Anderson. But then again, Disney also set Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery to write and direct a remake of Pete's Dragon, so maybe this is a new trend by Disney to get fresh directors behind new version of their biggest properties to get new audiences on board with all the nostalgic folks who will already be interested. Frankly, I'm still wondering how long Disney can keep this up before audiences get fatigued by seeing their favorite movies remade over and over again.