In a micro budget indie feature, Pooh and Piglet go on a violent rampage (and we’re not making this up either).

Here’s a film nobody saw coming. When the rights to A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh lapsed into the public domain earlier this year, director Rhys Frake-Waterfield pounced on the opportunity to take the beloved characters in a different direction, to put it mildly.

The film, currently titled Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, will see Pooh and Piglet abandoned by Christopher Robin as he heads to college, having to make their own way in the world.

Waterfield said in a interview with Variety that “because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral. 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.” Waterfield promises scares and laughs in equal measure, saying that “It’s scary but there’s also funny bits because there’s shots of Winnie the Pooh in a car and seeing him with his little ears behind the wheel and like slowly going over there to kill a college girl”.

The film was shot in just 10 days in an arena not far from Ashdown Forest, which was the inspiration for Milne’s imaginary Hundred Acre Wood in the original Winnie the Pooh stories. Waterfield also confirmed that Tigger and Eeyore won’t be appearing in the film due to copyright issues. Disney have yet to comment on the film, and given that while they may not own the copyright of the characters, they do own the copyright on the iconic look, such as Pooh Bear’s red t-shirt, it will be interesting to hear what they make of it.

The film has already been snapped up for distribution by ITN Studios, with a release date yet to be announced.

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