Marc Forster will direct Christopher Robin, the live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic cartoon Winnie the Pooh. Alex Ross Perry is set to write the script. The film will follow Christopher Robin, the little boy who befriends a lovable bear in the celebrated A.A. Milne books, as an adult.
According to sources, the film will share similarities with Seth MacFarlane’s fantasy-buddy film Ted, but centre more on family fun than vulgarities reported Variety. The character of Winnie the Pooh was created by Milne for a collection of stories in the books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
Disney licensed the rights to the bear in 1961, leading to TV shows and four feature films: “The Tigger Movie,” “Piglet’s Big Movie,” “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie,” and “Winnie the Pooh.”
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Kristin Burr will oversee the project for the studio. The film falls in line with Disney’s slate of live-action adaptations that include next year’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin — which Guy Ritchie recently came on to direct — Snow White, Lion King — helmed by “The Jungle Book” director Jon Favreau — and Mulan.” Another Christopher Robin project, “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” is also in the works at Fox Searchlight starring Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson.