by Justin Cook
Following the news that Mulan will be getting a live-action remake, comes the news that Disney is currently in development on a live-action Winnie the Pooh film as well.
The project will reportedly focus on the character of Christopher Robin, who is now an adult, as he revisits the Hundred Acre Wood and rediscovers his old friends Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, and most importantly, Winnie the Pooh.
Indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, who helmed last year’s Sundance hit Listen Up Phillip, has been hired by Disney to script the film. He is currently in the post-production stage of his most recent film Queen of Earth.
Perry isn’t the only indie filmmaker being picked up by Disney, as Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery will be co-writing and directing an upcoming Pete’s Dragon film.
Many old Disney Animation properties have been receiving updated live-action remakes as of recent. In fact, just last month the studio release Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, which starred Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. On top of extremely positive reviews, the film has also earned impressive numbers at the box office, grossing close to $350 million on a $95 million budget so far.
Last summer’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, also proved to be a major success, making over $750 million at the box office. 2011’s Alice in Wonderland beat even the most outlandish box office predictions by grossing over $1 billion.
Other live-action remakes of animated classics Disney has planned include such 2016 films as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon and the Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. 2017 will see the release of the Emma Watson-led, Bill Condon-directed Beauty and the Beast.
It was also recently announced that Dumbo would be getting a new film as well, which will be directed by Tim Burton.
As of now, no release date has been set for Winnie the Pooh.