Paul King to return to the director's chair for Paddington 2
One of last year's surprise success stories at the box office was Paddington, the film adaptation featuring Michael Bond's famous bear from 'darkest Peru'. The film triumphed despite controversy surrounding the book relating to the 'PG' rating handed to the film by the BBFC as a result of the film's 'mild sex references' – something which horrified the author – as well overcoming as the last minute replacement of Colin Firth with Ben Whishaw, providing the voice of the marmalade-loving bear.
The film went down well with audiences and it wasn't long before producers were discussing a sequel, but now Deadline report that the film's director, Paul King, is now attached to direct the follow-up. Little else in the way of detail is available at this time and there is no official word on whether the original cast, which includes Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters, will return for second instalment (although we can't really see a sequel being made without them).
There's also no planned release date as yet, although King is expected to be much more involved in the script-writing process from the beginning this time around, but Studio Canal appear to be in no rush and look set to allow the director the time he needs to replicate the success of the first film.
More news on this as it comes...