Wojtek blockbuster set for release in 2017

The blockbuster about Wojtek could hit screens as early as 2017. Picture: Contributed
The blockbuster about Wojtek could hit screens as early as 2017. Picture: Contributed
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A BIG-BUDGET blockbuster about Wojtek the beer-guzzling soldier bear could hit cinema screens as early as 2017, it has been revealed.

Writer, director and producer Brendan Foley – who previously worked on the action-thriller Johnny Was, starring Vinnie Jones – said he hoped to have shooting under way for the film by next year.

The Wojtek memorial in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

The Wojtek memorial in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

And he hinted the movie, which will be partially filmed in Scotland, would feature at least two “world-famous” actors in its starry cast.

Wojtek the brown bear was rescued by Polish soldiers as they made their way through the Middle East and later served as mascot of the Free Polish Army.

The 6ft beast became one of the troops and was said to enjoy drinking beer with the men and even smoking cigarettes.

The story goes that he used his paws to help the men carry live rounds during the devastating Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.

After the war he travelled to Scotland with the demobbed Polish solders, and would eventually die in Edinburgh Zoo at the grand old age of 22.