Paddington Bear is to make his silver screen debut in a live action CGI film.
The new movie, a partnership between Harry Potter producer David Heyman and StudioCanal, will tell the story of “a curious young bear from Peru who finds his way to Paddington Station and is taken home by an English family.”
Paddington will be based on Michael Bond’s bestselling books, but promises a “modern take” that will “target a wide family audience.”
Bond’s books have sold more than 35 million copies in over 40 languages since the first Paddington story was published in 1958.
They were adapted into a well-loved animated BBC TV series in 1975 and last month Paddington was named Britain’s best British animated character of all time at the British Animation Awards.
The film will be directed by Paul King who received Bafta nominations for BBC comedies The Mighty Boosh and Come Fly with Me.
Producer David Heyman said “Paddington Bear is a universally loved character, treasured for his optimism, his sense of fair play, and his perfect manners – and of course for his unintentional talent for comic chaos. Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”
Olivier Courson, StudioCanal CEO, added: “We are thrilled at StudioCanal to be partnering with Michael Bond and David Heyman to bring Paddington to the big screen. Mr Bond’s Paddington is beloved across generations throughout the world. And David Heyman has had tremendous success adapting great British literary works for cinema.”