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Paddington set to get a third movie


Story by Jack Foley

PADDINGTON looks set to be given a third movie even before work has commenced on a sequel.

According to Variety, the intellectual property rights for the beloved character have been adopted by StudioCanal, whose chairman-CEO Didier Lupfer maintained that the company is “committed” to making a third Paddington film out of Michael Bond’s books.

Paddington 2 is already due to go into production in October (2016) with plans to release the film in 2017.

Writer-director Paul King will return for the sequel, although it remains unclear whether Ben Whishaw, who voiced the bear in the original, will do so again.

Paddington was released in 2014 by StudioCanal and quickly became a worldwide hit, grossing $290m (£198m) at the global box office – the highest figure to date for a family film made outside of Hollywood.

It told the story of Paddington’s journey from South America to the UK, where he took up shelter with the Brown family (led by patriarch Hugh Bonneville) while trying to escape the clutches of a sadistic taxidermist played by Nicole Kidman.

Paddington was originally to be voiced by Colin Firth, who “consciously uncoupled” from the project after realising his voice wasn’t right for the part.

According to the report, there are also plans to launch a new animated TV series.

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