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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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.
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.