Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Movie

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Disney is developing a live-action movie version of its animated “Winnie the Pooh” property, hiring “Listen Up Philip” writer-director Alex Ross Perry to write the adaptation.

The focus will be on an adult version of the book’s Christopher Robin. Perry was hired after pitching a take on the story to the studio.

The Winnie the Pooh bear character was created by A.A. Milne for a collection of stories in the books “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926) and “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928). Disney licensed the rights to the character in 1961, leading to TV shows and four feature films: “The Tigger Movie,” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” and “Winnie the Pooh.”

Variety reported last year that Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment acquired rights to the book “Finding Winnie.” Written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, that book tells the story of the bear that inspired the Pooh character.

Disney has seen a string of office successes in rebooting its animated library with live-action versions including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and  “Cinderella.” It has similar plans for an upcoming “Jungle Book” and a live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Perry is repped by WME. The news about Perry was first reported by Deadline.com.

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  1. This article made a mistake, what about the original three shorts? “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh?” THAT was the first Pooh feature length film, the three shorts combined with additional animation at the end? And the short of “Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore”?

    Despite that, the concept sounds interesting. I just hope that they do new stories whilst focusing on Christopher, don’t remake the masterpiece “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” make sure Christopher doesn’t take too much of the spotlight, and be more original, especially compared to the abysmal 2011 film…that film was a huge letdown and the movie equivalent of a ratings trap.

    Winnie the Pooh, especially the “Many Adventures” and “Grand Adventure” films, is one of my favorite series/stories and I will pray they don’t ever screw this up, otherwise, I may drop Disney…

    For the other films listed there, I like “The Tigger Movie,” love “Piglet’s Big Movie”, and “Pooh’s Heffalump Adventure” is decent, though Lumpy is so cute! <3

  2. Kirsten says:

    As a supporter of Disney since I was born, I think the perfect person to portray Christopher Robin is Dan Howell (danisnotonfire). He’ll bring justice to this character, and make a wonderful addition to this sure to be wonderful movie. Besides, judging from his large following, the movie will basically market itself! Thank the Phandom, Disney.

    • Grace says:

      Agreed! Dan Howell would be perfect for the role of Christopher Robin. I think there’s even a petition that someone made about this. He had done lots of acting when he was younger so it’s not like he’s completely incapable.

  3. i just love the original classic,s just from the same character

  4. i will not watch any live action remakes just by animation by walt disney

  5. Cody Fairless-Lee says:

    Isn’t WINNIE THE POOH for little-kids? I remember that all his movies were under the Preschool category on the Disney Home Entertainment site. So, will adults see and like a live-action movie?

  6. Okay so they’re gonna do this, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, an Alice in Wonderland Sequel, already did Cinderella…will they do The Little Mermaid? They better!

  7. cadavra says:

    If you think about it, this is really an ingenious plot. After they’ve remade all the animated films as live-action pictures, they can wait a bit and then announce they’re remaking them all as animated films. It’s an endless cycle of profits!

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    There are many actors who come to mind who should add “pooh” to their resumes.

  9. Steven says:

    Hopefully they avoid a Smuf, chipmunk, style story. Just remake one of the animated movies into live action. I have a feeling it will be way to kiddish and similar to TED. (Google Ted if you don’t know)

  10. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but what is with Disney suddenly remaking all of it’s animated features into live action movies? This is about the 5th I’ve heard of, and I’m not sure how I like the idea. Part of the charm of Winnie the Pooh is that they are animated stuffed toys, and I’m not sure how that will be portrayed in the live action film.

    • Cinderella is not the hit Disney is portraying it as. It’s done well, no doubt, but it’s certainly no Maleficent or Oz. The problem may be the old fashioned theme of the live action Cinderella. It is exactly like the old cartoon, Cinderella has to depend on a man to “save” her from her life of drudgery. Disney should concentrate on more modern themes, like why did the stepmother become such an evil person. Now, that would have been an interesting film, and Cate would have shined in a role such as that.

      • Jacques Strappe says:

        It’s done very well and yes, it adhered to the old fashioned story–no need to apply political correctness to EVERY classic fairy tale. Young girls get it and are empowered. This movie has been a huge critical hit as well.

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