It looks as if Winnie the Pooh, the once willy, nilly, silly old bear, is not playing around anymore! The popular fictional teddy bear is set to appear in an upcoming horror movie, ‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ by writer and director Rhys Frake-Waterfield.
The plot of the film was previously unknown, but thanks to a recent interview with Variety, Waterfield revealed that ‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ will focus on Pooh and Piglet as they go “on a rampage after being abandoned by a college-bound Christopher Robin.”
What spurs this change in the once tubby little bear and his closest friend is the fact that Christopher Robin “is pulled away from them, and he’s not [given] them food.”
Now, forced to “fend for themselves…they’ve essentially become feral…[and have reverted] to their animal roots. They’re no longer tame: they’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey.”
The film was shot in 10 days with an undisclosed budget.
‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ is produced through U.K based production studio Jagged Edge Productions, which specializes in producing horror-based films. The film will be disturbed through ITN Studios at a later date, as the film is still currently in post-production.
The character of Winnie the Pooh was originally created in 1926 by English author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard.
In 1961, Walt Disney Productions purchased the rights to the Winnie the Pooh character, and they have gone on to develop a hugely successful franchise based on the anthropomorphic teddy bear and his companions.
However, on January 01, 2022, Winnie the Pooh became public domain, meaning Disney no longer holds exclusive rights to the character. While their version of the character and stories are still protected under copyright, Milne’s original stories are now free for the taking.
It’s because of this fact that Waterfield makes note that his version of Pooh and Piglet will exclusively resemble Milne’s original stories. Because of this, Pooh won’t be wearing his signature red shirt, but will instead be dressed in a “lumberjack suit” while the character of Piglet will simply be “clad in black.”
It appears that Pooh and Piglet will be the only members of the gang to appear in the film, though Waterfield revealed that “there is a scene featuring Eeyore’s tombstone” because a starving Pooh and Piglet ate their donkey friend.
Other characters won’t be appearing in the film as not all of Milne’s original work has become public domain. The character of Tigger, for instance, is still under copyright law because he first appeared in 1928.
Below are some images of the upcoming film.
‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ stars, Chris Cordell as Piglet, Amber Doig-Thorne as Alice, Danielle Scott as Mauled Woman, Maria Taylor as Maria, Danielle Ronald as Zoe, Bao Tieu as Caged Man, May Kelly as Tina, Natasha Tosini as Lara, Marcus Massey as James Anderson, Natasha Rose Mills as Jess, Paula Coiz as Mary, and Craig David Dowsett as Winnie.
As more information on ‘Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey’ becomes available, Horror Facts will be sure to report it.
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