We’ve been getting a bit excited about the forthcoming Paddington Bear movie. Partly driven by our love of all things Paul King-directed, and partly driven by our 70s and 80s childhoods, the film about the bear from deepest, darkest Peru can’t come soon enough.
So far we’ve had confirmation of the identity of the lead cast members; today we received news that there may be some other TVO connections amongst the cast! Rufus Jones has been confirmed as “a dastardly geographer”, and James Bachman‘s name has also been mentioned in connection with the movie.
As soon as we hear any more about the film we’ll be sure to pass on the news. Rumour has it that the script is a real corker, so watch this space for updates…
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It’s four years since we first heard about Paul King’s movie adaptation of Paddington Bear (blimey) - and finally the cast has been confirmed!
Previously we’ve mentioned that Hugh Bonneville will play Mr Brown. It’s now been announced that Colin Firth will be the voice of Paddington Bear and Sally Hawkins (the Mum in Submarine, fact fans) will play Mrs Brown. Julie Walters will be Mrs Bird the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent will play Mr Gruber, Paddington’s friend and the owner of the antiques shop. Nicole Kidman plays the part of an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge.
Paddington will be produced by David Heyman, who produced of all eight of the Harry Potter films (and directed by King, of course!).
So far so exciting! However, there’s still a fair wait ahead: the film will open in the UK November 28th, 2014 and will be released wide in North America in the first quarter of 2015. We’ll let you know as and when we hear anything further.
Since way back when we’ve been bringing you occasional updates about Paul King‘s feature-legth adaptation of Paddingon Bear.
The director of The Mighty Boosh and Bunny & The Bull has been associated with the project for some time, and now news is emerging that the two lead roles have been filled. Hugh Laurie is rumoured to be in line for the voice of (animated) Paddington, while Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, is in negotiations to play the live-action role of Henry Brown, the father figure in Paddington’s adopted family.
Brilliant though Laurie is, for those of us brought up on a diet of Paddington Bear cartoons in the 1970′s, we’ll miss the familiar voice of Charlie Adler as the titular bear!
Filming is due to begin this Autumn, so it sounds like production of the film is finally off the ground. It remains to be seen whether King will be bringing any of his Boosh or Bunny & the Bull buddies into the project, but we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open on your behalf for any further reports.
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The first poster for Paddington – the second feature film from director Paul King – has been released today.
We’ve been desperate to see this project ever since Paul mentioned it as a possibility before The Velvet Onion was more than a twinkle in our editor’s eye, and after initial rumours of his attachment turned into a confirmation back in April 2010, things went quiet on the Peruvian front for over two years.
Now after recent quotes from producer David Heyman made headlines across movie blogs and social networks, comes the theatrical teaser poster you can see here.
Heyman’s presence is the one which is being shouted about – perhaps understandably, as a family film from the makers of Harry Potter will always sound better than one from the people who brought you Old Gregg and The Crack Fox – but it’s King’s contribution that is whetting our appetites and we can’t wait to see what he does with the iconic character.
Wait we must. Paddington is released in 2014. In the meantime, check out Paul’s sublime first film, Bunny And The Bull on dvd and blu-ray via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.
Editors Note: Thanks to awesome website Bleeding Cool for alerting us about this one!
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It usually takes a slow news day for the media to start digging up stories announced a long time ago, but sometimes, it’s because said story has stepped up a gear.
The planned live-action/cgi remake of Paddington Bear – which was attached to TVO’s very own Paul King back in April 2010 - has cropped up today on popular media website DigitalSpy, with quotes attributed to its producer, David Heyman.
The man behind the Harry Potter films is said to have described the film as “a modern take” on the character, stating: “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. Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”
When the film was first attached to Paul, he told the Herald Sun: “It’s not like I’ll be going, ‘OK, he’s gonna be a hip hop bear, he’s gonna get into street fights, he’s gonna pack a knife’. There’s none of that business. He likes marmalade sandwiches and pottering in the garden and has a green front door. I’ll be a traditionalist.”
Those of who you have watched King’s stunning theatrical debut Bunny And The Bull will no doubt remember the Paddington vibe of some of its early scenes, so we remain incredibly hopeful that he is able to do this classic character justice. More news as it peels…