Continuing the looting of its animated vault, Disney is lining up a live-action adaptation of “Winnie the Pooh.”
According to Deadline, the studio has hired indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”) to write the screenplay, which will focus on an adult Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood.
Disney first adapted A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s stories in 1966 with “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” although plenty more animated shorts and full-length features followed, most recently 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh.” The characters have also starred in numerous television series and specials.
News of Disney’s plans comes as it’s embraced a strategy of revisiting animated classics, including “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty” (with “Maleficent”), “Alice in Wonderland” and the upcoming “Jungle Book,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Dumbo,” and “Mulan.”
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