Disney Also Working on a Live-Action 'Winnie the Pooh' Adaptation

April 2, 2015
Source: Deadline

Winnie the Pooh

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.

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  • TheOct8pus
    This sounds like "Ted" for kids
    • Mark Brackney
      This IS Ted for Kids.
  • OfficialJab
    Gonna draw the line right there. The last ones announced are pretty good ideas, but I'm not sure about this.
  • Tuomas Lassila
    I would have preferred Aladdin, Hercules or Atlantis, but this'll be fine.
    • Mark Brackney
      Tuomas, you just love f*cking with our Childhoods, don't you?
      • Tuomas Lassila
        Uuumm, no? I don't think so...
        • Mark Brackney
          • Tuomas Lassila
            No, I do not.
          • Mark Brackney
      • Tuomas Lassila
        Besides, all the Disney animated classics are a part of my childhood as well.
        • Mark Brackney
          • Tuomas Lassila
            I'm 21 years old and I spent most of my childhood watching Disney classics.
          • Mark Brackney
            Then why do you want them turned into horrible half-CGI drecks?
          • Tuomas Lassila
            It's called optimism. And don't call them like that, they've been good so far.
          • Mark Brackney
            Maleficent? Now, I don't know about THAT one. Sure, Cinderella was nice. A terrible, terrible Fluke, but, nice.
  • Mark Brackney
    Well, as Marcus Mumford would croon, "You have neither Reason, nor Rhyme. You've gone too Far this time......."
    Oh bother...
  • Snev De la Fontaine
    I'm still waiting for an "April Fools Day!" on this one.
    • Mark Brackney
      Lord, yes, me too.




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