After the success of the Harry Potter big screen adaptations, producer David Heyman is getting ready to guide another British children’s literature to the theaters by producing an adaptation of Paddington Bear.
Originally created by Michael Bond in 1958, Paddington Bear follows the adventures of a toggle-coat wearing immigrant bear from Peru who arrived at London’s Paddington Station. The book series has since become a bestseller all over the world, with merchandise and toys being equally successful.
The Heyman-helmed Paddington Bear movie will blend live-action and CG animated scenes courtesy of France’s Studio Canal. The movie will be directed by Paul King (of the Mighty boosh), who is aiming for a modern take on Bond’s books.
Of the project, which will be financed and distributed in the U.K., France and Germany by StudioCanal, Heyman said: “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.”