Paddington heads to the big screen

The Copyrights Group has confirmed that Warner Bros Pictures is to make the first live action feature film of Paddington Bear.
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The family comedy will be produced by David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter film franchise, through his company Heyday Films, while Hamish McColl (of Mr Bean’s Holiday fame) will be writing the adaptation.

“As Paddington’s 50th anniversary in 2008 approaches, the timing of the agreement with Warner Bros Pictures couldn’t be better,” said Nicholas Durbridge, CEO of Copyrights Group. “The movie will introduce a new generation to Paddington’s charm and character and remind adults who originally grew up with Paddington about his compulsive curiosity, blithe optimism and sense of wonder – all of which lead him into comic scrapes and yet help deliver him unscathed from the chaos he creates around him.”

Karen Jankel of Paddington and Company added: “Over the years we have received countless enquiries from fans around the world, asking if Paddington would ever make it onto the big screen, but we had to wait until the time was right. We firmly believe that time has now come and we are delighted that, having made the decision to take this next step, Paddington will be in such safe hands as those of David Heyman and Warner Bros.”

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