Paddington gets a third movie before the sequel is even released

A TV show, a video game and even a theme park might be on the cards for the Peruvian bear

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Bulk order those marmalade sandwiches, Paddington Bear is being lined up for another sequel. 

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Studiocanal, who have this week acquired the Paddington brand, have revealed that they are “committed” to a third Paddington movie, before the second even hits cinemas. 

Paddington 2 is set to go into production this autumn for a release in 2017. Yet plans are already in place for more Paddington movies, as well as other opportunities, says Studiocanal’s chairman-CEO Didier Lupfer. 

“There is a huge growth potential for us. If you’re producing Paddington 2, you have the potential to create TV series, live entertainment, theme parks, merchandising and licensing, video games,” Lupfer told to Variety

Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear character first appeared in 1958 in A Bear Called Paddington. His books have since been printed in over 40 languages. 

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The first Paddington movie, starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters, was released in 2014 and went on to win best film at the Bafta children’s awards in 2015.