Previous updates on the upcoming Paddington3 have positively skewed, making it seem like the long-awaited sequel was going full steam ahead to get made and released. Fans of the two live-action movies, which have become critical darlings in recent years (and sparked some controversy on Rotten Tomatoes), have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter; but star Ben Wishaw’s latest update makes it seem like the new movie has fallen off the rails. Speak with Collider about his upcoming movie Bad behaviorthe former James Bond star was asked about Paddington 3, and his answer doesn’t inspire confidence.
“I haven’t read this script and I don’t even know when we should shoot it,” said Whishaw, who plays Paddington in the film series. “I don’t know. I thought it would happen now, but I don’t know. It’s gone quiet like it sometimes does. Maybe that just means they’re still working on it, or means it’s not happening, or you just don’t know.”
An earlier interview with Whishaw indicated that production on the film was set to begin in 2022, and as we know, that hasn’t happened. At one point the movie was supposed to start in the first half of that year and then again at the end of the year, now there’s no news at all. Even production company Studiocanal has been largely silent on the film’s progress. The latest official update on the movie was confirmation that it would be titled Paddington in Peru and would be directed by Dougal Wilson.
“We can confirm that Studiocanal is working very hard on Movie 3 with the utmost care and craftsmanship – as they did on Movies 1 and 2,” read a brief statement from the production company when Paddington 3 was confirmed to be officially in active development. Paul King, Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton, who all worked on the first two Paddington movies – was announced to write the story Paddington3. Burton will write the script with Jon Foster and James Lamont.
While Paddington 3 didn’t happen, Whishaw reprized his role in an unexpected way. Last summer, during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, marking the 70th anniversary of her ascension to the throne, the BBC premiered an original short film about Elizabeth and Paddington Bear. The BBC, Heyday Films and Buckingham Palace all contributed to it, in which Paddington and the Queen met for tea and discussed their mutual love of marmalade sandwiches, with Elizabeth II joking that she keeps hers in her handbag.
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