Amongst the ever-growing list of their classic properties that Disney wants to turn live-action is Christopher Robin, which will bring Winnie The Pooh, Tigger and co. out of the animated and literary world and into a CGI/live mix. Now the film has a director, with Marc Forster tapped to helm the movie according to THR.
Forster has had a fairly loe profile in the last couple of years, as while his last movie, World War Z, ended up a hit, he got rolled over the coals for the movie’s behind-the-scene chaos, and was eventually pushed to one side. However, he does have the likes of Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction and Quantum Of Solace to his credit (although the less about that last one the better).
THR reports that the movie, ‘centers on [Christopher] Robin, the adult version of the boy who in the A.A. Milne books shares his adventures with the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood. Robin has grown out of the joyful imagination he had as a young boy and is now a businessman who prioritizes work over his wife and daughter. With his home life on the brink, the last thing his life needs is the return of Pooh, who needs his help in finding his friends again. Robin has to find a way to help both sides or risk losing everything he holds dear.
‘The project is described as having strong elements of magical realism as it seeks to tell an emotional journey that is combined with a heartwarming adventure.’
It’s one of those reinterpretations that could be great or a complete disaster, but we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed. Alex Ross Perry is writing the script.