Good news for those of you who enjoyed “Paddington,” the 2014 big-screen adventure of the beloved talking bear. Writer/director Paul King will return for the sequel, Deadline reports. In April, producer David Heyman told Collider, “Paul is hugely gifted. I hope he’s going to ‘Paddington 2‘. He’s a real talent.”
Heyman said he was very pleased with the first film, which grossed $228 million worldwide: “I didn’t necessarily know that it was going to connect with audiences the way that it ultimately has… One of the things that we had to do was have Paddington speak to grown-ups, and we brought the two worlds together. It’s an extraordinary notion that a bear is in London. The original drawings of Paddington were much more cuddly teddy bear, so we made him a little more bear like. He felt a little more like a toy in the drawings, so we made him more real. And then, simultaneously, we made the world a little more heightened… The Brown family home is tweaked a little bit and slightly heightened, so that these two worlds, with the talking bear and the real world, could co-exist comfortably.”
The cast, including Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, is expected to return as well, with Whishaw telling The Hollywood Reporter it may get underway as soon as next year. The sequel is scheduled for 2017, according to IMDB.