Fresh from his turn as Lumiere in this year’s spectacularly successful Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, Ewan McGregor is set to return to the “House of Mouse” to play Christopher Robin in a new film based on the books of A.A.Milne and the Winnie The Pooh series.
The new project, currently called Christopher Robin, would see McGregor play an adult version of the character “who has lost his sense of imagination and is a businessman focused on work and success” before Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and the gang re-enter his life. Talks are on-going with the actor but it’s looking likely he will take the role.
Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) is directing the film and some hot screenwriters have lent their talents to the screenplay – Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up, Philip, Queen of Earth) wrote the original screenplay for the film before Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) worked on a seperate draft. Now, Allison Schroeder, fresh from her Oscar Nomination for Hidden Figures, is taking a pass at it.
Milne’s books of the characters started in 1926 with Winnie-the-Pooh before a follow-up, The House at Pooh Corner, in 1928. Since then, Disney have made several films and television shows with the characters, most famously in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which aired in 1988, and the animated film released in 2011.
Strangely, this would be the second Christopher Robin/Winnie The Pooh project to make it to the screen: Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis (Woman In Gold), is due for release in November and focuses on the life of Milne (played by Domhnall Gleeson), his family and creation of the books. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) plays Mine’s wife, Daphne.