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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Christopher Robin’: ‘Up’ Co-Writer to Rewrite Screenplay

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As seen over the past week, Disney is more than eager to ramp up production on a handful of its upcoming live-action remakes. While there will be more reports coming in on those films, our focus today is on one of the many more live-action remakes in various stages of development.

Broken exclusively by The Tracking Board recently, it was revealed that Disney has hired Tom McCarthy to rewrite the script for its live-action Winnie The Pooh movie, titled Christopher Robin. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of Earth) wrote the initial draft.

McCarthy has a spectacular track record as both a writer and director. Most recently, he is best known for the 2015 film Spotlight, which earned him (among many countless accolades and nominations) an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. In the world of animation, he conceived the story for Pixar’s 2009 film Up with Pete Doctor and Bob Peterson. Similarly, his work on the film would earn him an Academy Award nomination (Best Original Screenplay) and an Annie Award nomination for Writing in a Feature Production.

The film, which recasts the characters of Disney’s beloved animated franchise (based on A.A.Milne’s series of books) in a Hook-inspired premise, sees Christopher Robin as an adult businessman and a workaholic who spends little time with his wife and child. When Pooh re-enters his life, he must embark on a personal journey to figure out how to help his childhood friend and repair his family life in the process.

Billed as a “emotional, heartwarming story with strong elements of magical realism.”, Christopher Robin is not yet in an advanced-enough stage to begin casting, but the studio is reportedly aiming high in terms of star talent. In a comparison given by Tracking Board’s report, the desired male lead would be someone on the level of Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film is directed by Marc Forster, with The Jungle Book’s Brigham Taylor producing. It has the distinction of being among the few live-action remakes that aren’t technically remakes but are instead adaptations that use the original animated film(s) as a springboard (think Maleficent).

What do you think? Does Tom McCarthy’s work make you more interested in Christopher Robin?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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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.
  • Manuel Orozco

    It’s getting take a little more than that to convince me!

  • I honestly forgot this was happening omg!! But I think this new screenwriter sounds really great for a story like this!! I’m actually kind of excited for this!

  • Jeremiah

    We’re entering rewrite land? Oh boy. I hope it fairs better than Good Dinosaur and co.

    • brandon

      You say that as if rewrites aren’t a common thing in Hollywood.

      • Jeremiah

        Fair enough. You seem enthusiastic about the new writer so we’ll see.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Probably this scenario won’t be so bad

  • Rachel Wagner

    Only hope for this is if they channel some of what Paddington did. Otherwise why?

  • Anonymous

    This and the Dumbo remake make me wonder how Disney sees so much potential in these movies. Beauty and the Beast I totally get, but Winnie the Pooh?

  • Sebastian

    Please no, no big celebrity find instead new talented actor like Lion did with Dev Patel or Auli’i Cravalho in Moana please this movie could survive a terrible fate if given a chance to find new talent. Otherwise it’s definitely a cash grab.

    • brandon

      Hmmm. What new actor could they find that’s believably old enough to play an adult Christopher Robin?

      Personally, I think it’s a role that calls for an older, more established actor.