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Marc Forster to direct Disney’s live-action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ movie, ‘Christopher Robin’

An employee poses with the first American edition of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh book ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ dated 1928 at Sotheby’s in London, December 15, 2008. — Reuters picAn employee poses with the first American edition of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh book ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ dated 1928 at Sotheby’s in London, December 15, 2008. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, Nov 19 — Marc Forster has come aboard to direct Christopher Robin, Disney’s live-action fantasy project centring on the human character in Winnie the Pooh.

Brigham Taylor, who produced Disney’s recent mega-hit The Jungle Book, is producing Robin, which has a script by Alex Ross Perry.

The story centres on Robin, the adult version of the boy who in the AA Milne books shares his adventures with the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood. Robin has grown out of the joyful imagination he had as a young boy and is now a businessman who prioritises work over his wife and daughter. With his home life on the brink, the last thing his life needs is the return of Pooh, who needs his help in finding his friends again. Robin has to find a way to help both sides or risk losing everything he holds dear.

The project is described as having strong elements of magical realism as it seeks to tell an emotional journey that is combined with a heartwarming adventure. 

Overseeing for the studio is Kristin Burr.

Forster has had a varied directing career, helming acclaimed indies, such as Monster’s Ball, to high-profile adaptations, such as The Kite Runner. He’s also tackled big tentpoles with the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace and Brad Pitt’s zombie movie, World War Z.

Forster also stepped into, tangentially, Disney territory when he directed Finding Neverland, his 2004 drama that focused on Peter Pan creator JM Barrie.

Forster is repped by WME. — The Hollywood Reporter/Bloomberg

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