Live-action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ announced, gets writer

No, this isn’t an extended April Fool’s Day joke. I wish it was.

Deadline reported early this morning that Winnie the Pooh is set to be the next live-action feature film from Disney. Alex Ross Perry, writer-director for Listen Up Philip, is set to pen the script based on A. A. Milnes’s classic.

Image courtesy of Disney

UGH. I adore Pooh. Don’t even get me started on how much The Tigger Movie made me cry (“He is the only one!”). Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl — how can we not adore this crew? The most recent Winnie the Pooh movie (2011) was fantastic, the perfect balance of sentiment and laughter for all ages.

BUT WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER ONE? Also, can this technically qualify as “live-action” if the main characters will be CGI? If the Academy doesn’t count Andy Serkis’s work as live-action, I don’t think CGI stuffed animals (even with a motion capture suit) would qualify.

The upside? This proposal actually has a unique plot! The focus won’t be on Christopher Robin as a boy but as an adult. Hopefully, we’ll find Christopher suffering through a midlife crisis and looking to his beloved playthings for wisdom.

For those of you who’ve lost track of every single live-action reboot the company scheduled, here they are:

1) The Jungle Book

2) Dumbo

3) Mulan

4) Pete’s Dragon 

5) Beauty and the Beast

6) and now Winnie the Pooh.

And, as with all adaptations, there’s the question of casting. Will vocal talent genius Jim Cummings voice both Tigger and Pooh as he does currently? Or will casting look toward bigger names to fill his shoes? What of Christopher Robin? For such a serious topic, will they grab a comedic actor or a more dramatic choice?

More importantly: what will the terrifying Heffalumps and Woozles look like?

So many questions, so few answers.

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