Disney's Winnie the Pooh, the beloved bear from the Hundred Acre Wood is being reimagined as a murderous beast out for blood in a new slasher movie.
The stories of the anthropomorphic teddy bear based on the creations of English author A.A. Milne hit the public domain five years ago, and director Rhys Waterfield is one of the first to depict the "willy nilly silly old bear" as a bloodthirsty cubby all stuffed with rage.
As far as we know, the basic premise for Waterfield's Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is that when Christopher Robin leaves for college, Pooh and Piglet turn feral and go on a killing spree.
Abandonment issues, much? Oh, bother.
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In an interview with Variety, Waterfield shared:
"Christopher Robin is pulled away from them, and he’s not [given] them food, it’s made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult."
“Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral.”
“So they’ve gone back 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.”
According to Variety, the film was shot in ten days in England and just wrapped a month ago.
Waterfield has not disclosed the budget for the film but noted audiences “shouldn’t be expecting this to be a Hollywood-level production.”
Jagged Edge Productions–which Waterfield runs with co-producer Scott Jeffrey, made the film–and ITN Studios will distribute it.
There has been no official release date set.