Paul King won’t return to direct Paddington 3

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3. The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been…

Paul King has revealed he won’t be back to direct Paddington 3.

The British filmmaker helped bring Michael Bond’s fictional bear to the big screen for the first time with 2014’s Paddington and followed it up with a sequel in 2017. Both films have been critical and commercial successes, with Paddington 2 currently holding the Rotten Tomatoes record for the film with the most reviews to have a 100 per cent approval rating.

In an interview with Empire magazine, King revealed that a third film was in the works but he was stepping down as director to focus on his other projects.

“At some point, you just have to stop. It might be time for somebody else to do a twist on it,” he explained. “I’m trying not to do a third bear movie, which is a huge, huge mistake.”

He admitted that although the movies have been “one of the great treats of my life”, he’s working on “far too much” other material, such as a new collaboration with Paddington 2 co-writer Simon Farnaby and a movie about Willy Wonka.

King, who recently directed two episodes of new Netflix comedy Space Force, will remain connected to the franchise as an executive producer. He confirmed that a screenplay is being written for Paddington 3 and there is much life left in the franchise.

“It’s not like Paddington dies at the end. He doesn’t ascend into the sky on a rocket-powered marmalade jar,” he added.

James Bond actor Ben Whishaw voices the CGI Peruvian bear, who lives in London with his adopted family, the Browns, played by live-action actors including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, and Julie Walters.

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Hugh Grant declares Paddington 2 his ‘best-ever film’

Hugh Grant believes Paddington 2 is the best film of his entire career.The 58-year-old plays villain Phoenix Buchanan in the hit 2017 film. And speaking to Vanity Fair about the movie, the actor said that, despite doubts from fans when his involvement …

Hugh Grant believes Paddington 2 is the best film of his entire career.

The 58-year-old plays villain Phoenix Buchanan in the hit 2017 film. And speaking to Vanity Fair about the movie, the actor said that, despite doubts from fans when his involvement was announced, he believes it’s one of his best.

“I was presenting I think at the Golden Globes, and they do that thing when you walk out, and they say, ‘From the forthcoming Paddington 2, Hugh Grant…’ And someone showed me Twitter afterwards… people were full of derision,” he shared. “Christ, has it come to that. Poor old Hugh. Paddington 2. Sequel to a kids film.”

While the star admitted he understood their stance, he confessed it was frustrating because he knew the movie would prove them wrong.

“It’s particularly annoying in the case of Paddington 2, because I genuinely believe it may be the best film I’ve ever been in,” the Notting Hill star explained.

Paddington 2 went on to be a box office smash and was nominated for Best British Film at the BAFTAs, with Grant nabbing a nod for Best Actor In A Supporting Role. The film, which also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Brendan Gleeson, has a coveted 100 per cent rating on review website Rotten Tomatoes.

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Hugh Grant cast in Guy Ritchie’s Toff Guys

Hugh Grant is joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming gangster movie, Toff Guys.The actor will star alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding, and according to Deadline, he will play a British gossip journalist with a reputati…

Hugh Grant is joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s upcoming gangster movie, Toff Guys.

The actor will star alongside Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding, and according to Deadline, he will play a British gossip journalist with a reputation for delving into people’s lives, and undoing them. The film follows a British drug lord when he tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires, and will explore the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex.

As well as directing, Ritchie penned the script for Toff Guys alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, while the film will be produced by Max Keene and Alan J. Wands. It is anticipated that the feature will be in the same vein as the gangster flicks that launched Ritchie’s career in the late 1990s, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. However, no potential release date has yet been announced.

He most recently wrapped on a live-action retelling of Disney’s Aladdin starring Will Smith and Naomi Scott, and is rumoured to be making Sherlock Holmes 3 with franchise stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Meanwhile, Grant has had something of a career renaissance in recent years, starting with his portrayal of St Clair Bayfield in 2016’s Florence Foster Jenkins – a performance which earned him rave reviews from critics. The 58-year-old was then nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Paddington 2, and this year (18) marked his return to television with a showstopping performance as Jeremy Thorpe in miniseries A Very English Scandal.

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