Harry Potter producer David Heyman is partnering with France's StudioCanal to produce a CG/live-action adaptation of Paddington Bear, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, bringing the iconic brown bear from Peru to the big screen.
the film, which will be directed by Paul King, aims to be a modern take on Michael Bond’s beloved children’s books, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages since 1958.
StudioCanal is financing and will distribute the film in U.K., France and Germany and also will handle international sales.
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."
Said StudioCanal chairman and CEO Olivier Courson, "Mr. Bond’s Paddington is beloved across generations throughout the world, and David Heyman has had tremendous success adapting great British literary works for cinema."