In the spring there was news that a horror film based on Winnie-the-Pooh will be made. According to US law, works that were created before 1926 become public domain, so Disney lost exclusive rights to it from January 1, 2022. The movie Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey turned a children’s character into a serial killer.

So some directors of horror films are preparing to give a similar role to Bambi. First this was reported by Dread Central earlier this week and later confirmed by Entertainment Weekly. Director Scott Jeffrey is making Bambi: The Reckoning where the titular deer will be a “vicious killing machine that lurks in the wilderness”:

“The film will be an incredibly dark retelling of the 1928 story we all know and love. […] Prepare for Bambi on rabies!”

More details about the film are not being announced until its January 2023 release date. But Jeffrey said Bambi’s design will be inspired by the 2017 horror film The Ritual. In addition, it will be produced by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, the director of Winnie-the-Pooh.