That lovable, polite stuffed teddy bear in the red hat will make his way to the movie screen thanks to producer David Heyman (Harry Potter) and StudioCanal (Moonrise Kingdom). The CGI live action adaptation of Michael Bond’s best-selling books will be a modern take on Paddington, directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh).
“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,” Heyman said in the announcement. “Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”
The first Paddington book was published in 1958 and they have gone on to sell more than 35 million copies worldwide, in 40 different languages. Just two months ago Paddington was crowned the most loved animated character in the UK at the annual British Animation Awards. No word on whether there’ll be a run on marmalade sandwiches.