Hey, did you read the Winnie the Pooh books, or watch Disney’s charming animated adaptations of them, when you were little? Me too! Did you ever wonder about the life of the man who wrote them? Me neither! But apparently that’s of little-to-no concern to Fox Searchlight, which announced yesterday that it will release the forthcoming A.A. Milne biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin on November 10 – just in time for awards season.
There’s precedent for this kind of thing. Miramax nabbed seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) back in 2005 for Finding Neverland, the story of Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie (while Capote and Iris, also writer biopics, were awards season successes around the same time). Christopher Robin stars Domnhall Gleeson as A.A. Milne; Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald co-star as his wife and nanny, respectively. Simon Curtis, whose previous credits include Woman in Gold and My Week with Marilyn, directs. This, by the way, is a completely separate film from Christopher Robin, the Alex Ross Perry-penned Winnie the Pooh live-action film from Disney.
And here’s Patton Oswalt talking about not caring where the things you like come from: