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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Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct Pinocchio remake

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio. Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddingt…

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddington’s Paul King, who subsequently stepped down from the role for unknown reasons at the start of this year.

However, according to Variety, Forrest Gump director Zemeckis is now in early talks to direct Pinocchio, which tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Zemeckis, who was also behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future films, has reportedly been eyeing the project since the summer but didn’t want to commit until he had made more progress with his movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

The 67-year-old began to set his sights on his next project when that went into the post-production phase.

According to editors at Variety, the director will now be looking to find an actor to play Geppetto, Pinocchio’s carpenter creator. Zemeckis’s frequent collaborator Tom Hanks had been circling the role but eventually passed.

Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing through their company Depth of Field from a script penned by Weitz. The most recent draft of the screenplay had been written by Weitz, King, and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby. Paddington producer David Heyman is no longer involved with the film.

The live-action movie is not the only Pinocchio project in the works – Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Netflix bosses to create a stop-motion animation based on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.

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Paddington movie team bringing Pippi Longstocking back to big screen

Children’s favourite Pippi Longstocking is striding back to the big screen, thanks to the bosses behind the Paddington films.The nine-year-old redhead with superhuman strength first appeared in a book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1945, a…

Children’s favourite Pippi Longstocking is striding back to the big screen, thanks to the bosses behind the Paddington films.

The nine-year-old redhead with superhuman strength first appeared in a book series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren in 1945, after the author’s daughter Karin asked her mum to cheer her up with a story when she was sick. The get-well tales ultimately became a global phenomenon which spawned books, TV series and films – most recently 1988’s live-action movie, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.

Now executives at StudioCanal and David Heyman’s Heyday Films, who recently brought back another famed children’s literary character, Michael Bond’s Paddington, are planning a big screen revamp for the beloved character, in partnership with staff at the Astrid Lindgren Company.

“Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force, strength of character and her irrepressible joie de vivre,” Heyman shared in a statement. “Astrid Lindgren’s books have been translated around the globe for many years – a testament to her vision, which we are determined to honour with a new film.”

Cast and crew details have not yet been released but the feisty little girl already has at least one very famous fan – former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama recently told the Today show Pippi Longstocking was the first book she really loved.

“I was really fascinated with this strong little girl that was the centre of everything,” she recalled. “And she was almost magical in a way. I mean, she was stronger and tougher than anyone. She had superhuman strength.”

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