The first Paddington movie made $268 million, and the second (which is one of our favorite movies of the year) took $226 million – making it one of the most successful family franchises around. Both films also happened to be absolutely brilliant, adapting Michael Bond’s children’s books with real warmth and wit.
The good news is that Paddington 3 is happening. The bad news is that Paul King probably won’t be returning to direct it.
“I don’t think Paul King will direct the third,” producer David Heyman told Collider. “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.”
Seeing as how King’s offbeat style (cribbed from his days behind the camera on The Mighty Boosh and, later, on The Bunny And The Bull) is so much a part of Paddington’s look and feel, this doesn’t bode well for part 3. However, according to Heyman, King will still be a part of the creative process.
“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. Very positive, very supportive.”
What’s more, Heyman also cautioned that the whole thing is still a bit up in the air, saying that he doesn’t want to make it at all if he’s not convinced that it’s going to be good. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that a Paddington 3 without Paul King is a possibility, but we’re hopeful it all works out.
Either way, it sounds like nobody is rushing into this one, which is always a good sign.