It has been more than four months since it was first confirmed that Studiocanal is actively developing the third installment to their acclaimed comedy film franchise Paddington. Now, the studio has finally given an update regarding the project during their Cannes Film Festival presentation (via Deadline), announcing that they’re planning to start the production on Paddington 3 in the second quarter of next year.
Paddington 3 will be written by Mark Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont (Paddington 1 & 2, The Adventures of Paddington) based on the story by King, Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps. However, it has been confirmed that the first two films’ director Paul King will not be returning to helm the project, but will instead still serve as an executive producer. King is currently busy with the pre-production for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel film titled Wonka.
Paddington is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by British author Michael Bond, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 40 languages.
Paddington 2 had made its debut in 2017 where it earned positive reviews from critics and had led the sequel to maintain a rare approval rating of 100 percent “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also a box office success with a worldwide gross of over $220 million against a reported $40 million budget. The sequel starred Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, and Imelda Staunton as the voice of Aunt Lucy.