Anderson and brother Stephan James executive-produce the adult series at Bay Mills Studios, directed by “Sausage Party” helmer Conrad Vernon.
Put aside “Blood and Honey,” there’s a new grown-up spin on “Winnie the Pooh.”
“John Wick: Chapter 4” star Shamier Anderson is producing a live-action/animated hybrid series centered around Christopher Robin and his drug-induced epiphanies with woodland creatures. Currently titled “Christopher Robin,” the series is produced by Anderson and his brother Stephan James’ Bay Mills Studios and Boat Rocker Studios. Bay Mills is currently on a first look contract with Boat Rocker.
“Shrek 2” and “Sausage Party” director Conrad Vernon will direct the pilot from a script by Charlie Kesslering; both will executive produce.
According to the official synopsis, Christopher Robin is a disillusioned New Yorker who experiences a mid-life crisis with the help of strange talking animals who live beyond a drug-induced portal outside his abandoned apartment complex, Hundred Acres.
No casting news yet.
“This project takes everything you think you know about Christopher Robin and Pooh and creates something completely fresh and undeniably funny,” Anderson and James said in a press statement. “We’re excited to work with Boat Rocker, Charlie and Conrad on this journey to a truly creative space where anything is possible for these characters.”
Nick Nantell, executive producer of Boat Rocker, added: “There are few characters more iconic and known worldwide for their adventures together than Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. We are grateful to be working with the Bay Mills team, Charlie Kesslering and Conrad Vernon on a project that takes these characters to new, unexpected and really funny places.”
“Christopher Robin” is the second series announced by Anderson’s Bay Mill Studios. The production company is also behind the limited series about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Anderson is set to appear separately in the upcoming action thriller “Tin Soldier” opposite Jamie Foxx and Robert De Niro.
“Christopher Robin”, like Christopher Meloni’s “Happy!” comes on the heels of the indie horror film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. Writer-director Rhys Frake-Waterfield’s hit viral parody has already announced a sequel. The “Winnie the Pooh” stories were first written by British author AA Milne and entered the public domain earlier this year due to copyright expiration.
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