Late last year, Milne's copyright over the fictional teddy expired, marking 95 years since the original story was first published. Followingly, Milne's Pooh finally entered the public domain, allowing writer-director Rhys Frake-Wakefield to capitalize and reimagine the beloved character.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey horror will ruin your childhood
According to the film's IMDb page, the story will follow Pooh and Piglet as they go on a murderous rampage after Christopher Robin abandons them to go to college.
In an interview with Variety, Frake-Waterfield explained that once Christopher Robin leaves, Pooh and Piglet's life becomes increasingly challenging, forcing them to fend for themselves. "They've essentially become feral," noted Frake-Waterfield. "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."
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Oh, if you were wondering whether fellow characters Tigger or Eeyore are in the film, they're not, and the reason will haunt you. According to Frake-Waterfield, before the events depicted in the movie, Pooh and Piglet slaughtered and ate poor Tigger and Eeyore alive to satiate their hunger. Then, having killed their friends, Pooh and Piglet venture out to seek human prey. Unfortunately, we can't say whether Kanga, Roo, or Rabbit will feature in the film (probably not).
If you're wondering when you'll get to watch the movie, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is expected to release later this year. "We're just going to start expediting the edit and getting it through post-production as fast as we can," noted Frake-Waterfield. While the film's London-based production studio, Jaggered Edge Productions, is doing its best to speed things up, the director emphasized that they're "making sure it's still good."
Interestingly, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey was shot in England in just ten days near the real-world inspiration for Hundred Acre Wood, Ashdown Forest. Voicing the serial killer duo Pooh and Piglet are Craig David Dowsett and Chris Cordell, respectively, and other lesser-known talents.
We've provided the complete cast list below; however, beyond this, not much else is known about the film.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey Cast List
- Craig David Dowsett - Pooh
- Chris Cordell - Piglet
- Bao Tieu - Caged Man
- Amber Doig-Thorne - Alice
- Danielle Scott - Mauled Woman
- Maria Taylor - Maria
- Danielle Ronald - Zoe
- May Kelly - Tina
- Natasha Tosini - Lara
- Marcus Massey - James Anderson
- Gillian Broderick - Therapist
- Richard Harfst - Barn Owner
- Natasha Rose Mills - Jess
- Paula Coiz - Mary
Although Milne's Winnie the Pooh is in the public domain, Frake-Waterfield noted that his only worry is budding heads with Disney, who still retains exclusive rights to Pooh's interpretation. Followingly, the director-writer said he's had to be "extremely careful" to ensure the film was only based on the 1926 version of Pooh (which is the reason Pooh is missing his iconic red shirt).
We look forward to Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey's release later this year. We will endeavor to provide further updates regarding the film's release date and trailer once available.
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Featured image courtesy of Jagged Edge Productions.