Live-Action ‘Bambi’ Writer Says Film Is Being Made So Kids “Relate To It A Little Bit More,” Hints That It Will Soften Bambi’s Mom’s Death
Lindsey Anderson Beer, who is currently promoting her Pet Sematary: Bloodlines film, recently shared why she believes the upcoming live-action Bambi should be made in the first place.
Beer was asked by Collider’s Perri Nemiroff, “I guess the question often is like why, why do we need another one? So going back to how you described Pet Sematary, what is something about the classic version of Bambi that you think is important to hold tight to, but also how are you going to answer the question of why? Why do we need a new version?”
Beer answered, “Well, what’s interesting about Bambi to me is that it absolutely is a classic and it’s a beautiful, love poem with such artistry to it. I do think there’s an entire generation of children who have never seen the original and that’s very different from say Little Mermaid or Aladdin or the 90s heyday films that they’ve definitely already seen, I can’t tell you how many kids who’ve never seen Bambi, which is such a shame.”
She continued, “The thing is it’s such a gorgeous film. It’s a little bit different tempo than modern audiences are used to.”
From there Beer shared why she believes children have not seen Bambi, “There’s a treatment of, not to spoil the plot, there’s a treatment of the mom dying that I think some kids, some parents these days are more sensitive about than they were in the past. And I think that’s one of the reasons that they haven’t shown it to their children, but I do think that there is a way to update Bambi.”
“And our take on it was- did give a little bit more of a scope to it. And I just think that to be able to bring it to life for kids these days in a way that maybe they relate to a little bit more would be of service to the original,” she concluded.
Back in 2020, Deadline reported the Bambi movie would be made similar to Jon Favreau’s 2019 The Lion King using a photorealistic forest and animals. At the time it was announced that Beer would be writing alongside Captain Marvel’s Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
The film was being produced by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, and Andrew Miano. No director was announced at the time.
‘In June of this year, Deadline reported that Women Talking director Sarah Polley was in talks to direct the film. Not only did they report Polley was in discussions to helm the film, but they also claimed that the film would feature music from Kacey Musgraves.
Interestingly, they also noted that Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster had created the most recent draft of the script.
The original Bambi film arrived in theaters back in 1942 and follows the story of Bambi, a young fawn, as he grows up in the forest, finds romance with a doe named Faline, and discovers the danger of Man alongside his friends Thumper, the rabbit, and Flower, the skunk.
What do you make of Beer’s comments about Bambi?