It looks like the big screen success of the two Paddington films has caught the eyes of a popular small screen studio.
A Paddington TV series is in the works at Nickelodeon from David Heyman’s Heyday Films and StudioCanal and will see Ben Whishaw reprise his voice role as the titular marmalade-eating bear. Each season of the show will see Paddington pen a letter to Aunt Lucy, informing her of his latest adventure in Windsor Gardens. The series is expected to hit the small screen in 2020.
“It is a joy to bring this uniquely life-enhancing bear to a whole new audience of younger children,” said Heyman in a statement. “We are thrilled that the inimitably brilliant Ben Whishaw will continue to voice Paddington.”
The announcement also confirmed that also confirms that Paddington 3 is still in development, it was last reported that Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton were writing a screenplay for the next film, with director Paul King stepping away from directing duties (likely to work on Warner Bros. Willy Wonka reimagining), however, King will work on the story for the third film.
StudioCanal had a big hit with the 2015 feature Paddington, which mixed live-action with a CG version of the marmalade-loving bear. Written and directed by King and produced by Heyman, the film starred Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman and scored over $270 million worldwide. The film’s sequel Paddington 2, which is also directed by King, and stars Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson, made over $220 million worldwide. Both films are certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with Paddington 2 at an astounding 100%.