Paddington 3 preps for summer shoot in Peru and UK

The third movie is finally on track for its July shoot

By Gabriella Geisinger 3 Apr 2023

Paddington 3 preps for summer shoot in Peru and UK
Cr: Studiocanal

According to Deadline, the third Paddington movie, Paddington In Peru, is on course to start production on July 24. The threequel will the feature will film in London and Peru for StudioCanal and Heyday Films. 

It has been six years since the second film in the franchise. While we don't know much about the upcoming movie, but from the title we can glean that we will see Paddington back in "deepest, darkest Peru", his country of birth.

The third film will reunite producer Studiocanal, which is once again fully financing. 

Story comes from Paddington 1 & 2 collaborators Paul King, Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton with a screenplay by BurtonJon Foster and James Lamont. Dougal Wilson, best known for John Lewis’ Christmas commercials, including Monty the Penguin and The Long Wait, and We’re the Superhumans for the C4 Paralympics coverage, will be directing as his feature debut.

David Heyman and Rosie Alison are producing, with Rob Silva as co-producer. Executive producers include Paul King, Tim Wellspring, Jeffrey Clifford, Anna Marsh and Ron Halpern.

Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh and EVP Global Production Ron Halpern said in a statement: “We have long been huge admirers of Dougal’s work, his stunning visual creativity, his storytelling, heart, emotion and humour. We are so thrilled that Dougal will be directing the third Paddington film. We look forward to bringing Paddington back to Peru for his next big screen adventure.” 

King, who directed the first two films, said: “After ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I’m delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big screen adventure. Dougal’s work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.”

Producer Heyman added: "After an exacting search, we’re delighted that the brilliant Dougal Wilson will be directing the third Paddington film. A much-garlanded legend within the commercials world, we have long admired Dougal’s virtuoso work, and his gift for directing with heart, humour, surprise and vivid imaginative flair. He’s a wonderfully inventive kindred spirit for Paddington’s latest adventure with the Browns, and we’re thrilled to be working with him."

Wilson said: "As a huge fan of the first two films, I am very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington.  It’s a massive responsibility, but all my efforts will be focussed on making a third film that honours the love so many people have for this very special bear."

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