The sequel to one of the most talked about indie films of the past 12 months has scored a number of international sales deals.
Micro budget creature slasher Winnie the Pooh: Bood and Honey became a viral hit for its IP-nagging take on AA Milne’s beloved children’s story, grossing more than $6 million worldwide when it was released earlier this year on a budget of less than $100,000. Buoyed by the success, Premiere Entertainment – which sold out all territories with theatrical components on the original – has now quickly launched the follow-up, with many distributors coming back for a second swing of the bloody axe.
The Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey sequel has been sold to Mexico and Latin America (Cinemex), Germany and Italy (Plaion), France (Crome Films), Benelux (Movie Company), Scandinavia (Njuta Films), Russia/CIS (Voxell Films), Australia and New Zealand Zeeland (Umbrella), Middle East (Phoenicia), Turkey (BG Film), Taiwan (AV-Jet), India and airlines (PictureWorks).
The slasher franchise film revolves around Winnie and his sidekick Piglet. After going feral after being left in the wild by their friend Christopher Robin, the two go on a murderous rampage through the Hundred Acre Wood.
Principal photography on the sequel is scheduled for fall, with the plot being kept under wraps. The production is expected to feature a significantly larger budget than its predecessor film.
Rhys Frake-Waterfield returns as writer and director. Waterfield and Scott Jeffrey produce for Jagged Edge Productions, while Stuart Alson and Nicole Holland serve as executive producers for ITN Studios.
ITN will handle distribution in North America.