Filmmakers love the story beyond the story; biopics about authors making the great works of literature that have inspired generations. Maybe it’s an easy way to give a mainstream marketing hook to an otherwise crusty and “arty” awards-fodder? There was Finding Neverland and Saving Mr. Banks and now Goodbye Christopher Robin, the tale of how author A.A. Milne (played in the film by Star WarsDomhnall Gleeson) created the world of Winnie the Pooh.

Here’s the official synopsis:

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Meanwhile Disney has their own Pooh film (with the words “christopher” and “robin” in the title) in the works; Christopher Robin is currently being written by Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy. Since that project’s still in the earlier stages of development, and Goodbye Christopher Robin opens in theaters in just a few months, the dueling Poohs aren’t quite as bad as the wars between Volcano and Dante’s Peak, or Armageddon and Deep Impact. But we’re not too far off from there either.

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