Jagged Edge Productions, which is run by Frake-Waterfield and producer Scott Jeffery, wasn’t accustomed to having their films play in theaters. This time around, however, they were very much ready for the big screen. Filming on the sequel has already wrapped and they are currently in post-production. Having more money to spend this time around also means audiences will be treated to a much bloodier cinematic outing with Pooh and his pals.
“It’s magnitudes higher compared to what it was on the first film. It’s over 10 times what it was,” Frake-Waterfield said of the budget in a recent interview with Variety. The precise figure hasn’t been revealed, but it’s expected to be in the $1 million range. That is still very much a low-budget affair by Hollywood standards. Even so, Frake-Waterfield is making the most of it. Speaking in that same interview, he discussed the scope of the violence in the sequel.
“In comparison to the first film everything’s stepped up massively. It’s a horror film. A lot of the times people are going there for the death scenes and for those elements and we’ve really upped the ante. I think the last time I did a count there was over 30 deaths in the movie, which is quite substantial compared to most movies. I think that’s at least over three times what the first film had and there’s various massacres and stuff. So there’s a lot of blood and a lot of gore.”
“We’ve got a little problem at the moment because there are too many deaths in it!” Jeffrey revealed in the THR interview. In short, expect Pooh and the gang to rack up a much bigger body count. Also of note, Tigger will be in on the action this time around as the character will be entering the public domain before the release. Since Tigger isn’t in the public domain this year, he couldn’t appear in the first film.