“Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy is re-writing Disney's “Christopher Robin,” bringing momentum to the live-action fantasy movie. The move to hire McCarthy, who won a best original screenplay Oscar last year with Josh Singer for “Spotlight ...
â€œSpotlightâ€ writer-director Tom McCarthy is re-writing Disneyâ€™s â€œChristopher Robin,â€ bringing momentum to the live-action fantasy movie.
The move to hire McCarthy, who won a best original screenplay Oscar last year with Josh Singer for â€œSpotlight,â€ comes three months after Marc Forster (â€œFinding Neverlandâ€) came on board to direct.Â
The producer is Brigham Taylor (â€œThe Jungle Bookâ€). Alex Ross Perry was hired in November to write the first draft of the screenplay.
The Christopher Robin character was created in A.A. Milneâ€™s books â€œWinnie the Poohâ€ in 1926 and â€œThe House at Pooh Cornerâ€ in 1928, and named for Milneâ€™s son Christopher and his pet teddy bear. In the books, Christopher Robin has adventures with a talking Pooh and other animals of the Hundred Acre Wood.
Forsterâ€™s film will follow Christopher Robin as an adult workaholic with little time for his family â€” until Pooh re-enters his life.
Disney licensed the rights to the bearÂ in 1961, leading to TV shows and four feature films: â€œThe Tigger Movie,â€Â â€œPigletâ€™s Big Movie,â€Â â€œPoohâ€™s Heffalump Movie,â€ and â€œWinnie the Pooh.â€ Kristin Burr will oversee the projectÂ for the studio.
McCarthy is executive producer and director of Netflixâ€™s upcoming series â€œ13 Reasons Why.â€ He wrote and directed â€œThe Station Agent,â€ â€œThe Visitor,â€ and â€œWin Win.â€
He is represented by Gersh and the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. The news was first reported by the Tracking Board.
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