Bambi: The Reckoning, a dark twist on the classic tale, starts filming in January 2024. Director Scott Jeffrey hints at a sinister retelling, influenced by 'The Ritual.'
Bambi: The Reckoning, a new slasher spin on the classic tale, is set to begin filming in January 2024, a year after its initial announcement. The project is being led by the same team that worked on Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. ITN Studios and Jagged Edge Productions are revisiting the concept of turning beloved children's stories into horror experiences.
While details about Bambi: The Reckoning are still scarce, director Scott Jeffrey provided a glimpse of what audiences can anticipate. He described the film as a "dark retelling of the 1928 story," with a significant influence from David Bruckner's 2017 woodland folk horror film, The Ritual.
Joining Scott Jeffrey is producer Rhys Frake-Waterfield, who previously worked on Blood and Honey. Bambi is one of the latest classic intellectual properties to enter the public domain, and Jagged Edge Productions is eager to explore the possibilities it offers.
Following the completion of Bambi: The Reckoning, the team will return to the production of Peter Pan's Neverland Nightmare, which was originally scheduled to film first but experienced script issues that led to the projects being rearranged.
The news regarding this production was featured in an article published by The Hollywood Reporter, which also reported on the upcoming release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2. This sequel is expected to hit screens in February, featuring a significantly increased budget and an enhanced design for Winnie the Pooh.