The first Paddington film was released in 2014 and was critically acclaimed by reviewers for bringing the marmalade-loving bear to life with the use of clever CGI. A second film was released in 2017 and was so well received that it still has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
If you enjoyed the first two outings then you’ll be pleased to learn that a third film is currently in the works. As Collider reports, work has begun on a third installment, though Paul King, who co-wrote and directed the last two films, isn’t currently on board for a third outing do to scheduling conflicts.
The film’s producer, David Heyman stated: “I don’t think Paul King will direct the third. He did the first two – he and I are working on another project together. He’s very special, Paul. We’re developing a third Paddington. We haven’t got a script yet, we’ve got a treatment which we’re still working on.”
Those who adored the first two films shouldn’t be too worried about King’s abcense. He may not be directing, but he’s still involved with the project. Heyman continued: “Paul is involved in it, I wanted him to be involved in it because I think he’s such a significant voice, but I don’t think he’ll direct it. He worked on the idea. He comes up with the idea with Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton and then they develop it and come back for more, back and forth, and then it’ll get written and Paul will come in and stir it up a little bit. But he’s an incredible collaborator, Paul.”
It looks like the film’s creators care a great deal about making sure the third film is up to the quality of the first two. Heyman specifically stated that, should their ideas not be up to scratch, the project won’t go ahead.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!
The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.
Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?
Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!
A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.
The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.
The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!