Film debut for Paddington

Warner Bros. Pictures to make first live action film of the much loved character.
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The Copyright Group has announced that David Heyman, Heyday Films, will produce the family comedy while Hamish McColl (Mr Bean’s Holiday) will write the film adaptation.

The movie will coincide with Paddington’s 50th Anniversary in 2008. Producer David Heyman said: “Paddington Bear is a universally loved character and I have wanted to bring him to the screen for some years. Above all, I love Paddington’s unique take on life – he is a great comic creation”.

Film and television agents, The Agency, represented the rights owner, Paddington and Company and the author Michael Bond in the sale of the rights to Warner Bros.

Karen Jankel of Paddington and Company said: “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.,” Jankel added.

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