After a marmalade sandwich or two with Liz last week at The Palace Paddington Bear year is about to get busy. As
Studiocanal have announced the title of the third film will be called Paddington In Peru.
The popular family franchise will be commencing principal photography in 2023 in London and Peru. Heyday Films will be producing once again reuniting for a third time with Studiocanal.
Also announced that Dougal Wilson will be set to direct the new one. Wilson will be unknown to many as this will be his directorial feature, well known for his music videos and commercials. He’s worked for the likes of Apple, BBC and Ikea, he is also the mastermind behind the John Lewis Christmas Adverts.
“As a huge fan of the first two films”, says Wilson. “I am very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington. It’s a massive responsibility, but all my efforts will be focussed on making a third film that honours the love so many people have for this very special bear.”
Paul King was the director of the first two films, with each film that seemed to get better. Fans of the films might be disappointed King is not directing, however he’s still onboard producing. King‘s regular collaborators Simon Farnaby, Mark Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont are all involved in the film’s script,
“After ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big screen adventure. Dougal’s work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.” states King
Paddington film’s Producer David Heyman also commented “After an exacting search, we’re delighted that the brilliant Dougal Wilson will be directing the third Paddington film. A much-garlanded legend within the Commercials world, we have long admired Dougal’s virtuoso work, and his gift for directing with heart, humour, surprise and vivid imaginative flair. He’s a wonderfully inventive kindred spirit for Paddington’s latest adventure with the Browns, and we’re thrilled to be working with him.”
There’s no word on any returning cast or possible new additions to Paddington In Peru. Fingers crossed Ben Whishaw will be soon confirmed as the voice of Paddington.