• [NEWS] "Paddington 3" in development

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    From Variety.com ...

    'Paddington 3' Officially in the Works
    "Paddington 3" - a new entry in the beloved movie series - is
    in active development, representatives from Studiocanal told
    Variety: "We can confirm Studiocanal is working very hard on
    film 3 with the utmost craft and care - as with film 1 and 2."

    Last week, in an interview on BBC Radio 2's "The Zoe Ball 
    Breakfast Show," "Paddington" star Hugh Bonneville said there
    was "forward momentum" on the project, and that it was
    "somewhere on the horizon."

    There are no details to share yet about the new movie, the
    reps said, but in previous reports, Studiocanal said it will
    again be teaming up with David Heyman's Heyday Films. In the
    past, "Paddington" writer-director Paul King said he will not
    direct the third film, but will still be involved. King is
    currently directing Warner Bros.' "Wonka," a Willy Wonka
    origins story, set to be released in March 2023.

    The previous two "Paddington" movies - mixtures of live
    action and CGI - were global box office successes, grossing
    more than $280 million and $225 million worldwide,
    respectively. "Paddington 2" faced strong headwinds in its
    United States release when its domestic distributor,
    The Weinstein Company, went bankrupt in fall 2017 after the
    downfall of co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The company had to
    auction off the project to Warner Bros., and it
    underperformed in the U.S. market.

    The "Paddington" movies have been praised for their
    heartwarming messages about community, sharp humor and
    brilliant casting. In the first film, Nicole Kidman was the
    villainous taxidermist, Millicent Clyde; in the second, Hugh
    Grant played Phoenix Buchanan, an egotistical actor and
    thief. The films have also been interpreted as
    pro-immigration and anti-Brexit, with Paddington arriving in
    London from "darkest Peru," only to be taken in by the Brown
    family, with parents Henry (Bonneville) and Mary (Sally
    Hawkins) adopting him. "Paddington" author Michael Bond, who
    died in 2017, said he was inspired by the stories of refugees
    during World War II who arrived in London with labels around
    their necks. (Paddington's says, "Please look after this

    In 2014, Bond told the Guardian that Paddington "stands up
    for things - he's not afraid of going straight to the top and
    giving them a hard stare."

    Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington in the films, and has
    reprised the role on the television show "The Adventures of
    Paddington," also produced by Studiocanal. The premiere of
    Season 2 of the show, which airs on Nickelodeon in the U.S.,
    is on Friday. It will premiere in other territories around
    the world in April.


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