Monday, 20 April 2015

Disney planning live action Winnie The Pooh

Following in the footsteps of Alice In Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Kenneth Branagh's (Thor) recently released Cinderella and the currently filming Beauty And The Beast, Walt Disney Pictures are set to bring Winnie The Pooh to life for their next live action update.

Disney have yet again spun their big wheel of animated icons ready for live action Adventures and the pointer has reached Winnie The Pooh. According to Deadline, the Mouse House is looking to give the residents of Hundred Acre Wood a new lease on life.

In addition to Disney's current push to convert a lot of its classic cartoon characters, this feels a little like the company seeing the success of Paddington (2014) and wondering whether their own beloved bear, adapted from A. A. Milne's stories, could enjoy similar computer generated life in the cinema.

Alex Ross Perry, who won praise for his independent comedy drama Listen Up Phillip (2014), which stars Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited) as an arrogant, self-obsessed novelist, has been hired to develop the new film, an interesting wrinkle, but one that has precedent with the studio, which set writer/director David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) to work on Pete's Dragon. 

Naturally, given how early this one is in development, there are no details on plot, but we would expect Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest to be present and correct. Will they work as computer generated characters rubbing shoulders with actual humans? As always, watch this space.

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