Both “Paddington” movies are, it’s fair to say, a cultural sensation. Offering sweet charm, family-friendly slapstick and chewy nastiness from the likes of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, they were critically adored, commercially successful (to the tune of over $500 million at the worldwide box office ) and, most recently, referenced in Nic Cage’s meta-action-comedy. “The unbearable weight of massive talent”.
All eyes are understandably on what the Peruvian bear will do next, and who will guide his adventures, as Paul King, who directed the first two films, is busy with the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ prequel ‘Wonka’. , which stars Timothée Chalamet.
King and producer David Heyman have now named Dougal Wilson as their chosen successor as director’s chair, although King will remain attached as executive producer, having written the film’s story with former “Paddington” collaborators Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton. Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont wrote the screenplay.
Wilson is something of an unknown on the film front, as he has never directed a feature film before. But he had a busy career in commercials for AT&T, Apple and IKEA, as well as a wealth of experience in music videos. Perhaps most tellingly, he also created several Christmas advertisements for British department store John Lewis, which are known for their sweet stories.
The new film will begin filming next year in London and Peru, and will likely see Paddington return home to his native country. Exact plot details and casting have yet to be revealed, though we’d expect Ben Whishaw to return to voice the titular character (he recently did the work for a Jubilee Celebration short film). the Queen), while the previous two films both featured the likes of Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters.
“After ten years of working on the ‘Paddington’ films, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m thrilled that Dougal is here to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big-screen adventure.” , King said. in a report. “Dougal’s work is never less than stunning: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to “Please take care of this bear”. I know Dougal will do it admirably.
Wilson comments, “As a huge fan of the first two films, I’m very excited (if not a little intimidated) to continue Paddington’s story. It’s a huge responsibility, but all of my efforts will be focused on making a third film that honors the love so many people have for this very special bear.
Producer David Heyman also seems pleased with the choice: “After diligent research, we are delighted to have the brilliant Dougal Wilson direct the third ‘Paddington’ film. A much garlanded legend in the world of advertising, we’ve long admired Dougal’s virtuoso craftsmanship and gift for directing with heart, humor, surprise and lively imaginative flair. He’s a wonderfully inventive soulmate for Paddington’s latest venture with the Browns, and we’re delighted to be working with him.
Given filming in 2023, we wouldn’t expect the movie much earlier than the end of this year or sometime in 2024.