Paul King commences Paddington 2
by Naman Ramachandran
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Director Paul King has commenced principal photography on Paddington 2, the sequel to 2014 hit Paddington that grossed more than $288 million worldwide. In this edition co-written by King and Simon Farnaby (2016 BFI London Film Festival selection Mindhorn), Paddington bear is happily settled in with the Brown family at Windsor Gardens. He finds the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, but it gets stolen. Paddington and the Browns must now find the thief.
British actor Ben Whishaw, recently seen in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King [+see also:
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Studiocanal is financing Paddington 2, is handling international sales and will roll out the film in the UK on 10 November 2017, followed by releases in France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. David Heyman (the Harry Potter films) is producing via his production outfit Heyday Films.
King began his career in television. Between 2004 and 2007 he directed 20 episodes of the hit television show The Mighty Boosh for which we was BAFTA nominated for Best New Director. He made his feature debut with Bunny and the Bull [+see also:
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film profile] was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best British Film at the 2015 BAFTAs and won Best Comedy at the 2015 Empire Awards.
King said, “It has been a complete joy to return to the world of Paddington. It was such a delight to see his first big screen adventure embraced by audiences around the world, and I couldn't be more excited about Hugh and Brendan joining the cast to bring his next outing to life. Together, I hope we can make a film worthy of this most exceptional of bears.”
Heyman said, “I am thrilled to be back in the warm embrace of Paddington Bear, again under the inspired direction of Paul King. And I'm delighted to welcome Hugh and Brendan to our exceptional cast.”