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Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment has acquired movie rights to a new picture book, called "Finding Winnie," written by Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, who owned a bear that would become the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh. The book centers on how Colebourn bought an orphaned bear cub for $20 in Ontario as he was about to leave for duty in Europe during World War I. He nicknamed the cub "Winnie" after his hometown of Winnipeg and took her to Europe, where she became the unofficial mascot of a regiment in England. While Colebourn served in France, he kept Winnie at the London Zoo and eventually donated her to the zoo. AA Milne eventually created the character Winnie the Pooh, after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, named his teddy bear after the bear who he often saw at the zoo. A 2004 TV movie based on the story, "A Bear Named Winnie, »
Mattick's great-grandfather, Harry Colebourn, bought an orphaned bear cub in Ontario as he was about to be posted to Europe during Wwi. Nicknaming the animal Winnie because Colebourn came from Winnipeg, he took the cub to England where she served as the mascot for his regiment.
Colebourn was posted to France, so he left her in the care of London Zoo. It's there that author A. A. Milne encountered her and came up with the classic character. Ratner will produce the story, though the project is in very early stages at present.
- Garth Franklin
The company has acquired movie rights to the forthcoming picture book “Finding Winnie,” written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
The book centers on how Lieutenant Harry Colebourn – Mattick’s great-grandfather – bought an orphaned bear cub for $20 in Ontario as he was about to leave for duty in Europe during World War I.
Colebourn nicknamed the cub “Winnie” after his hometown of Winnipeg and took her to Europe, where she became the unofficial mascot of a regiment in England. While Coleburn served in France, he kept Winnie at the London Zoo and eventually donated her to the zoo.
- Dave McNary
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