‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’: Winnie The Pooh Creator Pic Gets Awards-Season Release From Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight has set an awards-season sweet spot for its film about Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne. The distributor said today that Goodbye Christopher Robin, starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, for release on November 10 in North America.

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The story looks at the relationship between the beloved children’s author and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the enchanting tales, which brought hope and comfort to England after the devastation of World War I, but will fame and fortune take a toll on the family? Will Tilston also stars.

The date is a solid counterprogramming move for Searchlight, as Goodbye Christopher Robin will open against Sony’s animated The Star, Fox’s thriller Red Sparrow and Paramount’s Will FerrellMark Wahlberg sequel Daddy’s Home 2.

Simon Curtis directs the Milne pic from a script by Frank Cottrell & Simon Vaughan. Damian Jones & Steve Christian are the producers.

Winnie the Pooh is one of the most iconic characters in children’s literature. Disney famously adapted Pooh Bear into a popular animated character, first appearing in the 1966 Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.

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  1. GMWon Apr 13, 2017 11:55 am

    Great script

  2. shadowsleuth1989on Apr 13, 2017 12:19 pm

    Interesting film combination that weekend. Strangely I say “Daddy’s Home 2” will be the winner that weekend. Ferrell and Wahlberg offer a fun duo on-screen and the first one was just pure entertainment with no pressure involved watching it. After that, it’s iffy. “Red Sparrow” is being released around the same time the latter “Hunger Games” films were to fill the dead end Thanksgiving area but it doesn’t have the franchise draw and while Lawrence seems to best sell when she has a sex-angle to her role (“Silver Linings Playbook”, “American Hustle”, “Passengers”), I’m wondering if the film will be any good. “Passengers” sold because the China studio involved promoted the hell out of it and over there they can control the marketing stream better. This time, it’s a different story. Francis Lawrence isn’t exactly known for intelligent cinema and I sure don’t see this being “Bridge of Spies”, essentially the latest in a long string of Lawrence seducing an older man. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” might actually pull off beating “Red Sparrow” because it has a “Saving Mr. Banks” appeal to it (The story behind a classic children’s story) and being a family-based story, you have a wider demographic to reach. I don’t know a lot about “The Star” though. Any thoughts on that film?

    • Jackon Apr 13, 2017 1:25 pm

      TLDR: your “analysis” is longer than the article.

      • shadowsleuth1989on Apr 13, 2017 2:20 pm

        Your comment is too pointless to be considered as such. :)

    • Douglas from Brazilon Apr 13, 2017 5:00 pm

      The Star is a christian movie with the voices of Oprah, Kelly Clarkson and others. I don’t think will be a problem to Goodbye Christopher Robin.

      • shadowsleuth1989on Apr 13, 2017 6:01 pm

        Ah okay. Yeah probably not although Christian films have surprised in the last year. “The Shack” and “A Dog’s Purpose” did some surprising business.