Disney is bringing Winnie the Pooh back to the big screen.
Following up its major successes with Maleficent, Frozen and Cinderella, Disney has announced it is to release a live action remake of the much loved children's animation Winnie the Pooh.
Disney's story will see Christopher Robin heading back to Hundred Acre Wood
According to industry reports, the new version will be a revisionist approach to AA Milne's classic story of the bear and his companions Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl and Rabbit. The studio has enlisted screenwriter Alex Ross Perry - who penned and directed the Sundance hit Listen Up Phillip - to work on the new movie which will follow Christopher Robin (Pooh's owner) finding himself back in the Hundred Acre Wood as an adult.
The narrative echoes that of Disney's remake of Alice in Wonderland - which took $1 billion - which followed Alice's return to Lewis Carroll's underworld.
Previous Pooh movies include include 1977's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 2000's Tigger Movie, 2003's Piglet's Big Movie, 2005's Pooh's Heffalump Movie, and 2011's Winnie the Pooh.
Disney is clearly pushing forward with reworking its back catalogue and is currently working on a live action remake of Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. It previously reworked the story of the Wizard of Oz for its major hit Oz the Great and Powerful, while Maleficent was born from the story of Sleeping Beauty.
Aficionados of the Winnie the Pooh story will be interested to see whether Disney restores the character's Britishness after some critics complained that the story was given a North American flavour by Disney.
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