Pooh Bear is back, but not the cute, soft-spoken, and honey-guzzling kid version. This one comes with a sledgehammer and a penchant for bloody murder.
The Hollywood reporter can exclusively reveal the first stills of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2the follow-up to the micro-budget British slasher that went viral last year for its childish premise, became one of the most talked about films of 2023 and is set to earn $5.2 million at the global box office after costing less than $100,000 to make .
The sequel is currently in production and features a bigger budget, more kills and even an Olivier Award-winning, BAFTA-nominated star in the form of Simon Callow (Four weddings and a funeral), who joined the cast.
“Bigger and worse. The sequel will feature new creature designs, a new cast, and a high death count,” said writer/director Rhys Frake-Waterfield. “This time, however, Pooh and friends will be leaving the 100-acre forest to take their battle to the quiet community of Ashdown!”
In addition to Callow, Tallulah Evans has joined the cast and will direct the film, starring Scott Chambers (Doctor Jekyll, Malpractice) as Christopher Robin, Ryan Olivia (Herb house) as Winnie the Pooh and Peter DeSouza-Feighoney (The Pope’s exorcist) as young Winnie the Pooh. Callow stars as a character named Cavendish.
The screenplay for Blood and honey 2 was written by Matt Leslie based on a story he co-wrote with Frake-Waterfield.
“After talking to Rhys and hearing his vision – his desire to push boundaries in terms of production scale, and to create a really unique, twisty plot that also gave significant depth to the characters – I knew this was something was what I wanted to be a part of. of,” said Leslie, the writer/producer of the 2018 Sundance Midnight selection Summer of 84 and the co-writer/director of upcoming supernatural horror Don’t open the door. “They make something special. Something that will absolutely amaze people.”
In addition to Leslie, Shaune Harrison is also behind the camera in the slasher sequel (World War Z, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) who serves as head of the creature and gore designer, and Paula Anne Booker who will oversee SFX. Vince Knight returns as cinematographer.
“For our sequel, we have a substantially higher budget, so Rhys is really capable of making a shocking, explosive and gory film. I really think people will really appreciate what we’re making,” said producer Scott Jeffrey, who himself is directing an upcoming low-budget slasher adaptation of Bambi, part of an entire universe of X-rated versions of beloved children’s stories.
Check out photos of Winnie-the-Blood: Bloody and Honey 2 with Christopher Robin, Owl, Piglet, and Little Pooh below.