On IMDb a page of a remake of a classic children’s fairy tale about Winnie the Pooh has appeared. However, this time the story will be released in the form of a horror film – and has every chance to shock viewers.
According to the information on the site, the film is in the post-production stage. The screenwriter and director is Rhys Freak-Wattefield, and the cast includes Amber Doig-Thorne, Maria Taylor, and Danielle Scott.
The page warns that the upcoming film will be released in the horror genre and is a “horror retelling of the famous legend of Winnie-the-Pooh.” Also some shots from the upcoming film are published.
Why did they decide to remake only now?
Apparently, earlier in the film industry, too, there were ideas to remake the old tale of Winnie-the-Pooh in a completely unexpected way. However, this was not possible for legal reasons.
The rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh story went to Disney Studios, which made a huge profit from the brand. Only in 2021 the popular bear brought $80.3 billion, equal in profitability to Mickey Mouse.
However, under U.S. copyright law, stories created before 1926 can be republished and adapted from January 1, 2022. At the same time, you no longer have to pay the rights holders and even ask their permission – the works become public property.
Since the first Winnie-the-Pooh stories were written before 1926, anyone can now use the plot, dialogues and characters, as well as the accompanying drawings by E. H. Shepard, which illustrated the original edition. This right does not apply to the character of the Tigger. He appeared in the works about Winnie-the-Pooh in 1928.
In general, 2022 has become quite generous with well-known stories that are becoming public property. In addition to Winnie-the-Pooh, the story of Bambi by Felix Salten, as well as the debut novels of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, are “exempt” from copyright.