Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey is a violent retelling of the much-adored children’s character.
It will be the first live-action film featuring the yellow bear that is not made by Disney and isn’t aimed at kids.
The inspiration behind the movie comes from the original 1926 ‘Winnie The Pooh’ book by A.A. Milne.
Watch the trailer for Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey below…
The film follows 6-foot Pooh and his sidekick, Piglet, as they go on a murderous rampage through the Hundred Acre Wood after being left to fend for themselves by Christopher Robin.
Rhys Frake-Waterfield, the writer and director of the film, discussed the concept with Variety and said the biggest challenge was finding the balance between comedy and horror.
He told the publication: “When you try and do a film like this, and it’s a really wacky concept, it’s very easy to go down a route where nothing is scary and it’s just really ridiculous and really, like, stupid.
“And we wanted to go between the two.”
The Hollywood Reporter states that the film will be getting a one-day theatrical release on February 15, 2023, hosted by Fathom Events.
Altitude has acquired the rights to release it in the UK, while Cineplex in Canada will release the slasher movie.
Cinemax also plans to release it across Mexico.
It has not yet been confirmed when the film will be available in cinemas in the UK, Mexico, and Canada.
In January 2022, Winnie The Pooh entered the public domain having passed the 95-year mark since its publication, reports Lexology.
In his discussion with Variety, Waterfield expressed his concerns about Disney, as it still owns exclusive use to the characters, despite not owning the rights anymore.
He said: “We’ve tried to be extremely careful.
“We knew there was this line between that, and we knew what their copyright was and what they’ve done.
“So we did as much as we could to make sure [the film] was only based on the 1926 version of it.
“No one is going to mistake this [for Disney].
“When you see the cover for this and you see the trailers and the stills and all that, there’s no way anyone is going to think this is a child’s version of it.”
The huge interest in the film has not only helped lead to a theatrical release but has also seen the production expand with additional shoots.
Waterfield is now planning a Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey sequel, while he’s also prepping for another twisted take on a famous children’s tale with Peter Pan: Neverland Nightmare, as reported by Hypebeast.
Bambi will also get the horror treatment too as the adorable deer will be transformed into a monster on the hunt for revenge in the upcoming movie Bambi: The Reckoning.
No release date has been set but production for the movie is set to start in January 2023.
Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey will be released in US cinemas on February 15.
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