Paddington Bear set for big screen debut

London, May 11: Classic children’s character Paddington Bear will be updated for the big screen by the producer behind the renowned Harry Potter films, it has been announced.

Heyman, who was behind all eight Harry Potter film adaptations, called the forthcoming film “a modern take” on Michael Bond’s best-selling books.

“I am delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen,” the Sun quoted him as saying.

The film will incorporate live action alongside computer-generated images, and will be helmed by Paul King.

“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,” he said.

He further added that Bond’s books, which have sold more than 35 million copies, were full of “wit and wonder”.

The first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958. It was further followed by 11 titles, the most recent of which was ‘Paddington: Here and Now’, which was published in 2008.

The late Sir Michael Hordern had famously narrated the 1970s television series, featuring a stop-motion puppet, while, more recently, Stephen Fry voiced a series of audio books.

European film studio Studiocanal said it was “thrilled” to be bringing Paddington to the big screen.

“Paddington is beloved across generations throughout the world,” studio chairman Olivier Courson said.

“David Heyman has had tremendous success adapting great British literary works for cinema,” Courson added. (ANI)