Sunday, 6 April 2014

Brett Ratner developing Winnie The Pooh origin story

Brett Ratner's (X-Men: The Last Stand) RatPac Entertainment have recently announced plans for a new project that explores the genesis of A. A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh.

- The real Winnie The Pooh and Christopher Robin (1928)

The company has acquired the film rights to Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall's book Finding Winnie, which is scheduled to arrive on bookshelves later next year. Mattick's tome traces how her great-grandfather, Harry Colebourn, bought an orphaned bear cub in Ontario as he was about to be posted to Europe during World War I.

Nicknaming the animal Winnie because Colebourn came from Winnipeg, he took the cub to England, where she served as the mascot for his regiment. When Colebourn was sent to France, he left her at London Zoo and then donated her there so she could be properly cared for as she grew. It's there that Winnie The Pooh creator A. A. Milne encountered her, thanks to his son's constant visits to the zoo. The rest is literary and film/toy/merchandising history. If the story sounds familiar, it might be because you're either a big fan of the tubby little cubby or you saw the 2004 TV movie, which featured Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) as Colebourn.

Ratner and his producing partners are currently looking for filmmakers to develop it.

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