HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman to Bring PADDINGTON BEAR to the Big Screen

     May 10, 2012

paddington-bear-slice

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has found a new beloved literary character to bring to movie theaters.  According to THR, Paul King will direct a live-action/CGI-animated adaptation based on the children’s book character Paddington Bear.  For those unfamiliar with Paddington, Michael Bond’s best selling books center on “a brown bear from Peru who is found at Paddington station by the Brown family.”  Paddington also wears an adorable raincoat and hat.  I’m not sure why it can’t be a straight-up animated film, but I guess children will have seizures if they don’t see live-action humans interacting with a CGI creature in a family film.  Of course, I could be getting it wrong with this adaptation.  Perhaps Paddington will be live-action and the family will be CGI-animated, in which case this film would be brilliant.

Hit the jump for more on Paddington Bear, and click here for what Heyman told Steve about the project last year.

Per Wikipedia, here’s some more info on Paddington Bear:

Paddington is an anthropomorphised bear. He is always polite—always addressing people as “Mr.”, “Mrs.” and “Miss” and very rarely by first names—and well-meaning, though he inflicts hard stares on those who incur his disapproval. He likes marmalade sandwiches and cocoa, and has an endless capacity for getting into trouble. However, he is known to “try so hard to get things right”. He is an adoptive member of the (human) Brown family, and thus gives his full name as Paddington Brown.

It’s very cute, and I trust that Heyman will retain the character’s charm rather than try to make him hip and edgy in an attempt to appeal to cynical kids.  While you could argue Disney attempted that approach with last year’s Winnie the Pooh, keep in mind that the 2D animated film opened the same weekend as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

paddington-bear-book-cover

Around The Web

Latest News

Joe Manganiello on MAGIC MIKE XXL, a 3D Sequel, Bodyguarding for Tyrese, and More

The actor discusses his past as a bodyguard for Tyrese, the possibility of 'Magic Mike 3D' and setting a sequel overseas, and more.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE: Celebrate July 4th President Whitmore-Style

Think you can outdo Bill Pullman? Now you can give the speech yourself using Dubsmash.

Mark Wahlberg, Ronda Rousey Team for Peter Berg Actioner MILE 22

'The Raid' actor Iko Uwais also stars in the Indonesia-set action film.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says TERMINATOR GENISYS Didn’t Need James Cameron’s Endorsement

But he's happy Cameron liked the film all the same.

Exclusive: R-Rated CHIPS Greenlit; Michael Peña Confirms Comparison to LETHAL WEAPON

Michael Pena talks about Dax Shepard’s upcoming adaptation of the 1970s TV series.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: New Image Teases “the Funniest Snow Western Ever Made”

Apparently it's funnier than 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller.' Who would have thought?

CARTEL LAND Director Matthew Heineman on Filming During a Shootout and More

The filmmaker discusses his harrowing, unsettling documentary about two rebel groups on both sides of the border trying to bring down a Mexican drug cartel.

Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2018

Hall H will remain "the place to be" for at least three more years.

DEADPOOL Crashes onto the Scene in New Image

The fourth wall remains intact for this one.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2: Effie and Katniss Get Solemn

The end is nigh.

Page 1 of 4,02612345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>