The friendly hug bear Winnie the Pooh has now been part of the public domain for some months now and it hasn’t taken long for filmmakers to make a twisted version of the bear by A. A. Milne.
Director Rhys Waterfield has teased a slasher film with Winne the Pooh and Piglet in a much distinct darker tone.
“Because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to start expediting the edit and getting it through post production as fast as we can,” said Waterfield. “But also, making sure it’s still good. It’s gonna be a high priority.”
In Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, Winnie and Piglet are the villains and after being dumped by Christopher Robin, they’re on a rampage.
“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” will see Pooh and Piglet as “the main villains…going on a rampage” after being abandoned by a college-bound Christopher Robin. “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,” Waterfield continued. “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.”
They shot the film in England for 10 days, close to the place the classic children’s book takes place. Waterfield has spoken out about blending both comedy and horror in the film. We should expect the audience a high Hollywood-production budget.
“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 film is produced by Jagged Edge Production, co-run by Waterfield, and distributed by ITN Studios. It has been reworked, so it doesn’t look like something from Disney. Tigger can’t be used due to copyright and Eeyore has been eaten by the duo – Pooh and Piglet. A. A. Milne’s characters are dressed in black instead of red, due to copyright and resemble Disney.
“No one is going to mistake this [for Disney],” Waterfield said. “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.”