Winnie-the-Pooh is not the only lovable talking bear to originate from the UK (more specifically, British authors). Another iconic ursine character is Paddington Bear, a little cub from “Darkest Peru” who is taken in by the human Brown Family after finding him in London’s Paddington Station, where he gets his name. Created in 1958 by Michael Bond, he has been adapted into TV and film, the latter starting in 2014 from StudioCanal UK and starring Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. It got a sequel in 2017, and following announcements that a third film was being considered, this week its development was finally confirmed.
Entertainment Weekly has it that StudioCanal has begun work for a “Paddington 3,” announcing the start of serious planning on Wednesday, February 18. “We can confirm Studiocanal is working very hard on film 3 with the utmost craft and care — as with film 1 and film 2,” reported a representative from the studio. Hugh Bonneville, who portrays Brown family patriarch Henry, noted in an interview on BBC Radio 2 that there is forward momentum on the project, which can be expected “somewhere on the horizon.”
While nothing much can be shared in terms of details regarding “Paddington 3,” it can be assumed that the principal cast from the first two movies will reprise their roles, from Bonneville to Ben Whishaw as the titular bear and the rest of the Browns. What is almost certain is that regular director Paul King might not be at the helm for part 3, busy as he is with “Wonka” for Warner Bros. Pictures. He might still be part of the production crew at least. Whishaw, more recently known as the current Q in the Daniel Craig “James Bond” films, has expressed happiness at the chance to voice the character, stating he loved the part.
While the third big-screen “Paddington” is still shaping up, fans of the bear who loves marmalade (in sandwiches) as much as Pooh loved “hunny” might consider his latest animated iteration, a British-French co-production that can be seen internationally on Nickelodeon.
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