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Marc Foster to Direct Winnie the Pooh-Inspired ‘Christopher Robin’ Movie for Disney

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Disney’s ‘live-action remake’ initiative has recently yielded successes in the form of The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, and as was made clear recently, its not stopping now. One of the many films now in development – one of a few that aren’t really ‘remakes’ – has taken a large step forward in its progress by way of filling the director’s chair.

Deadline recently broke the news that Marc Foster, best known for films like Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace, and World War Z, has been tapped to direct the studio’s live-action adaptation of its Winnie the Pooh franchise.

The film, now titled Christopher Robin, will focus on the titular character as an adult businessman prioritizing his work life over his wife and daughter. In order to rediscover his inner child and salvage his home life, he’ll have to revisit his childhood adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods as he tries to help Pooh find his friends.

Produced by The Jungle Book‘s Brigham Taylor and scripted by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of Earth), the film won’t necessarily be a Winnie the Pooh movie, but it will utilize the iconic characters from the original stories and poems that served as inspiration for Disney’s animated short films, theatrical features, and TV shows.

In spite of Marc’s track record for eclectic projects (everything from indies to big-budget tent poles), Christopher Robin will be familiar territory for him in terms of tone, as the film will lean towards elements of magical realism in service of a heartwarming and emotional story (similar to Finding Neverland).

On the sliding scale of Disney’s live-action remakes, Christopher Robin falls closer to the ‘revisionist’ angle that has defined such films as Maleficent, Pete’s Dragon, and upcoming films like Dumbo and Rose Red. Whether or not the film will have as much success (or controversy) as those films won’t be known (or at least guessed about) until cameras start rolling.

What do you think? Are you excited about ‘Christopher Robin’, based on these new developments?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Brandon Smith

Brandon is your average nerd with a love for nerdy things (games, comics, anime/manga, etc.). He also loves reading and writing and plans to be an author someday. For now, he writes with passion and curiosity about the world of animation. He lives with his family in North Carolina and is currently attending college.
  • I’m honestly not against this. I loved Finding Neverland (would love to see the musical!!) and I can totally see this angle of Christopher growing up and coming back to the world of Winnie the Pooh. I’m fascinated with how this might turn out, but not so sure how it’ll be with the “revisionst” touch idk.

  • Not Without

    This actually sounds pretty cool, hopefully they will use the old-fashioned plush characters….and ofcourse Cummings.

  • Jeremiah

    I have a lot of hope pinned on this. For me, the Pooh franchise is some of the best stuff both literature and Disney have to their name. But Christopher isn’t too wrapped up in business to be with his kids… This again? On the other hand, the only time I can think of it being from the Dad’s point of view is Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I love the premise of helping Pooh find his friends. I like this director, we shall see.

  • SEjeffries

    It has potential, but I can’t help but feel this is a rather trite storyline- but with Winnie the Pooh it would be interesting to see if they capture any variation this time (I would hope ~!)

  • Blake Taylor

    Hook. This is Hook.

    • brandon

      Yes. Yes it is.