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Winnie the Pooh Gets An Origin Story

By Garth Franklin Thursday March 27th 2014 11:16AM
Winnie the Pooh Gets An Origin Story

"Winnie the Pooh" gets a "Batman Begins" style reboot? Not quite.

Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment has scored the film rights to Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall's upcoming book "Finding Winnie" with plans for a feature adaptation.

Mattick's great-grandfather, Harry Colebourn, bought an orphaned bear cub in Ontario as he was about to be posted to Europe during WWI. Nicknaming the animal Winnie because Colebourn came from Winnipeg, he took the cub to England where she served as the mascot for his regiment.

Colebourn was posted to France, so he left her in the care of London Zoo. It's there that author A. A. Milne encountered her and came up with the classic character. Ratner will produce the story, though the project is in very early stages at present.

A TV movie adaptation of the story entitled "A Bear Named Winnie" was made in 2004 and starred Michael Fassbender as Colebourn along with the likes of Stephen Fry, David Suchet and Aaron Ashmore.

Source: Empire Online

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