‘Bambi: The Reckoning’ Shows The Beloved Deer As A Killer

by Thomas Tuna

First Pooh Bear. Then Peter Pan. Now, Bambi. Oh bother!

Rhys Frake-Waterfield–the director who is bringing Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey and a horror retelling of the Peter Pan legend into the world–has now sets his sights on another much-loved children’s character–Bambi.

It seems that the Bambi character has fallen into the public domain–much like Pooh and Peter–and can now be used in any number of strange ways not intended by the original creators. So, filmmaker Scott Jeffrey is bringing us Bambi: The Reckoning, with Frake-Waterfield serving as executive producer, according to a report on comicbook.com.

The 1928 Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten reportedly will be twisted by Jeffrey into the story of a deer out for revenge following the murder of his mother. Production is expected to start in late January 2023.

The film, Jeffrey said,  will be “an incredibly dark retelling of the story we all know and love. Finding inspiration from the design used in Netflix’s The Ritual, Bambi will be a vicious killing machine that lurks in the wilderness. Prepare for Bambi on rabies.”

Fortunately, the original 1942 Disney Bambi film is not in the public domain. Meaning that Jeffrey is not allowed to use any of the Disney elements children have loved for generations–including Bambi’s specific character design. So, what the dear deer will look like in this “reckoning” is anyone’s guess at this point.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Bambi: The Reckoning.


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