EXCLUSIVE: Disney has set a live-action feature adaptation of the animated classic Winnie The Pooh. This is the latest example of the studio re-purposing properties it controls, and it’s also the second time they’ve brought in a cutting-edge independent filmmaker to shape the vision. Disney has hired Alex Ross Perry, the writer-director of the Sundance indie Listen Up Philip. The focus will be Christopher Robin as an adult, which brings him back to A.A. Milne’s famous bear and the Hundred Acre Wood. Brigham Taylor is producing.
This comes after the studio set David Lowery to co-write and direct Pete’s Dragon, right after he helmed the edgy Sundance indie Aint Them Bodies Saints. Maybe this will make for kiddie films that are more interesting for adults. On so many of these films for the pint-sized set, you see they are totally captivated, but you find it so excruciatingly dull that you pray for a merciful death because you just can’t sit there for one more minute.
Perry is repped by WME, Mosaic and Sloane, Offer.
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