Imagine the heartbreak and hardship Winnie the Pooh and his pal Piglet faced after their beloved Christopher Robin left for college and abandoned them for beer pong and wide-eyed independence. Well, we’re about to get an interpretation of what became of these iconic characters when Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey finally hits the big screen. No official release date has been set, but with growing enthusiasm, the film is being directed by Rhys Waterfield always seems to be in the fast lane.

The poster artwork above shows a sneaky Pooh bear about to be attacked, and it appears he’s as thirsty for blood as he is hungry for honey. The independent film first made waves when stills circulated around the internet in May. During a recent interview with diversityWaterfield said the reaction was “absolutely insane”.

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“Because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to start speeding up the edit and getting it through post-production as quickly as possible,” the director said. “But make sure it’s still good. It’s going to be a high priority.” Waterfield assures horror fans that Winnie and Piglet are the film’s villains, having been abandoned by Robin and left without food.

“Because they had to fend for themselves so much, they essentially went feral,” Waterfield continued. “So they went back to their animal roots. They’re not tame anymore: they’re like a vicious bear and pig that want to run around and try to find prey.”

The characters created by AA Milne Entered the public domain earlier this year, but Disney retains exclusive use of their renditions of Pooh Bear and his pals. “We tried to be extremely careful,” Waterfield said. “We knew what their copyright was and what they were doing. So we did as much as we could to make sure [the film] was only based on the 1926 version.” Also, if you’re looking for her bouncing orange friend Tigger who makes an appearance, you’re out of luck as that character is still copyrighted.

“Nobody will do this wrong [for Disney]’ Waterfield said. “When you see the cover for it and you see the trailers and the stills and all that, no one is going to think that this is a kid’s version of it.” The man who directed the film also tells fans that they are realistic about their expectations and that they “shouldn’t expect this to be a Hollywood-level production.”

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