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Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Disney's Christopher Robin.

The live-action film, which will be helmed by World War Z and Quantum of Solacedirector Marc Forster, centers on the child from the A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories — but he's all grown up.

McGregor will play the adult Christopher Robin, who has lost his sense of imagination and is a businessman focused on work and success.

The studio also is bringing in Oscar-nominated screenwriter Allison Schroeder (Hidden Figures) to take a new pass on the script. Alex Ross Perry wrote the screenplay, with Tom McCarthy working on a later draft.

Milne’s Christopher Robin was inspired by and named after his own son, Christopher Robin Milne. He wrote about the character in two books, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928), and other poems. Disney adapted the tales into several animated projects, including the 1988 series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 2011 animated film Winnie the Pooh.
In perfect M. Night Shyamalan style, the director teased he would share some “unbelievable news” on his Twitter feed today. And he did not disappoint. In a slow reveal, the helmer whose latest film, Split, has been a $275M worldwide hit for Blumhouse and Universal, confirmed his next picture will be the sequel to both that movie and 2000’s Unbreakable. Titled Glass, it will reteam Unbreakable stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Split‘s James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy. Universal will release Glass on January 18, 2019.

Shyamalan says of the “crazy comic book thriller” that will be his third collaboration with producer Jason Blum, “It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.” 

A fan favorite, superhero thriller Unbreakable starred Willis as David Dunn, a security guard who survives a terrible train crash. With the help of Jackson’s mysterious and manipulative comic book shop owner Elijah Price — whose rare disease renders his bones as fragile as glass — Dunn learns he possesses superhuman powers. It grossed $248M globally.

Psychological thriller Split, which stars McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities, marked the second collaboration for Shyamalan and horrormeister Blumhouse after 2015’s The Visit. It was a monster in its debut, grabbing $40M domestically and going on to $138M in North America and $137M overseas. Japan is still to release.
Jonathan Demme, the filmmaker whose career ranged from the David Byrne documentary “Stop Making Sense” to the Oscar-winning “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” died this morning in New York. He was 73.

The cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to a source close to the family. He was originally treated for the disease in 2010, but suffered from a recurrence in 2015, and his condition deteriorated in recent weeks.

Demme maintained a private personal life, but his career was marked by a remarkably versatile creative output that included acclaimed narratives and documentaries films stretching back to the early ’70s. He made his debut with the 1971 biker film “Angels Hard as They Come,” a Roger Corman production during the B-movie producer’s heyday.

His career reached another plane of critical and commercial success with a string of ’80s dramas, including “Melvin and Howard, “Swing Shift,” and “Something Wild.” Demme is survived by his wife, the artist Joanne Howard, and their three children.