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Brett Ratner buys the rights to shoot Winnie the Pooh

Ratner, CEO of RatPac Entertainment recently paid an undisclosed sum for the production rights for the soon to be released  ‘Finding Winnie’.

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Brett Ratner,  CEO and founder of RatPac Entertainment, along with Jamie Packer, has  bought up the production rights for the illustrated novel  “Finding Winnie, ” written by Lindsay Mattick .

Due to be published some time in 2015,  “Finding Winnie, ”  tells the story of Mattick’s real life  grandfather,  Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian, who while serving in the Royal Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, in  Ontario, Canada bought  an orphaned  female black bear cub as a pet.

Colebourn named the cub  “Winnie, ” after his adopted hometown of Winnipeg, and after being transferred to the UK,   later going on to serve in the Canadian Army  in France during World War One.  While serving in  France,  Harry Colebourn kept Winnie at the London Zoo, where she was to remain even after he returned home safely, probably because she had long since grown above and beyond the acceptable  dimensions of a domestic  pet.

In later years Winnie was to become  the inspiration for English author   A.A. Milne to write his  famous collection of  children’s stories about the character, first published in 1926 in “Winnie-the-Pooh” followed up two years later in by “The House at Pooh Corner.”

“Finding Winnie” will be HarperCollins Canada and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S.

Brett Ratner buys the rights to shoot Winnie the Pooh

Rat Pac Entertainment is reportedly  in the early stages of development, the production, which will undoubtedly be one that will appeal to  all of the fans of the much loved Winnie the Pooh, many of whom will be  interested to discover that the A.A .Milne character was not a figment of his imagination, but actually existed.

Brett Ratner, a 1990 graduate of New York University began his career in the entertainment industry as a director of music videos, before making a successful breakthrough into the film industry with the  action comedy Rush Hour  released  in 1998 which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Ratner refused to change a winning team keeping Chan and  Tucker, on-board  for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 which came out in 2001 and Rush Hour 3 released in 2007. Brett Ratner also directed  X-Men: The Last Stand  in 2006.

Five years ago. Ratner was chosen to direct the long-awaited follow-up to Beverly Hills Cop, where he will be continuing his working relationship with Eddie Murphy which began when he directed the high anxiety comedy movie Tower Heist, also starring Matthew Broderick and Ben Stiller.




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