Walt Disney Studios seems to be green-lighting an ever-increasing number of reboots, sequels and spin-offs at the moment, and given the results of its recent outings, such as The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and The BFG, we don’t blame it. 2017 promises to be yet another year of excitement, with titles like the live-action Beauty and the Beast set to debut. But, looking even further ahead, the mouse house has some exciting plans to bring back its beloved residents of the Hundred Acre Wood.
Titled Christopher Robin, the new film centres on the “adult version” of the human character in Winnie the Pooh, who has now “grown out” of his playful childhood imagination and fascination with Winnie and his animal friends. A businessman, he focuses more on his work than his family, but when Pooh calls on him for help he feels he must do something for his former friend, whilst also trying to improve relations with his wife and daughter.
THR now reports that Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) is on board to direct the movie, with Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) producing. According to the report, the film is said to contain “strong elements of magical realism”, and looks to present an “emotional journey that is combined with a heartwarming adventure”.
Forster has directed a variety of films, from indies such as Monsters Ball, to larger budget films like Quantum of Solace, and has even tackled comedy, with Stranger Than Fiction, successfully. The 47-year-old filmmaker blipped on Disney’s radar with his 2004 effort Finding Neverland, which starred Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie. Clearly, Forster made an impression, and, sure enough, the studio has decided to entrust him with the resurrection of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang in what could be another big win for Disney.
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Christopher Robin is yet to receive a release date.