'Winnie the Pooh' is Getting a Live-Action Disney Movie Too

Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:26 Written by  iamrogue
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'Winnie the Pooh' is Getting a Live-Action Disney Movie Too

If movies like Cinderella and Maleficent keep making dumptrucks of money, eventually Disney will run out of animated properties to turn into CGI-stuffed live-action spectacles.

If you had money on Winnie the Pooh as the next beloved animated classic getting the live-action treatment then you just won that bet.  Disney has hired an indie filmmaker to oversee a return to Pooh Corner that sounds like the Hundred Acre Wood version of Hook.

Created by A.A. Milne, the adorable stuffed, hunny-loving teddy bear has been captivating kids for almost a century since his debut in print.  Disney snagged the rights in 1961 and Walt Disney himself oversaw the 1966 animated short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, which became part of the full-length theatrical release The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1977.  Those were followed by many a short, movie, and TV series over the years, most recently the sweet, simple 2011 animated 2011 feature Winnie the Pooh.

Since everybody loves Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, and the gang, the studio is setting its sights on a live action movie that will doubtless feature CGI creatures.  This take reportedly follows a grown-up Christopher Robin returning to Pooh Corner for the first time in years, sort of like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the sequel that kicked off this parade of live-action rejiggerings.

Disney has enlisted Alex Ross Perry to write and direct, according to Deadline.  Perry, currently in post-production on the thriller Queen of Earth, is hardly the most obvious choice, having directed the Sundance drama Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman and Elizabeth Moss.

Then again, Disney recently hired another dramatic director with indie cred to tackle a family film: Ain't Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery is shooting a Pete's Dragon remake that will hit theaters next summer.

No major studio is as aggressively mining its own history.  Just this week, we learned that Disney is also developing a live-action remake of Mulan.

The trend kicked off with 2010's hugely successful Alice in Wonderland, which the studio followed up with last year's Sleeping Beauty riff Maleficent.  More recently, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is currently cleaning up, having grossed $335 million worldwide so far.

Next year, we're due for The Jungle Book directed by Jon favreau, followed by Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.  Then, in 2017, there's Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast remake that's in pre-production with Emma Stone as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.  Oh, and Tim Burton is going back to the animated classic well with a Dumbo live-action remake, too.

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