This should be a fantastic time to be a fan of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. Not only do you have Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie starring in a biopic on the author titled Goodbye Christopher Robin, but Disney has begun development on a live-action Winnie the Pooh movie. The latter got off to a surprising start when indie filmmaker Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth) was hired to write the script, and now Disney had made another intriguing choice for the director.
Variety reports World War Z and Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster will direct Christopher Robin. The film will follow an adult-aged Christopher Robin years after he befriended the titular honey-loving bear as a child. Milne based the character on his son and his favorite toy bear. The tone is said to be similar to Ted, minus the raunchy humor. Forster is coming off a troubled World War Z production that nevertheless managed to bank over $500M worldwide. However he wasn't asked back for the sequel. Presumably things will be much easier on this film, if only because Disney will keep a tight leash.
No word on when filming begins but with Forster on board expect some casting announcements to follow.