Paddington is headed to the small screen for new kids’ series
The beloved Paddington is about to get his own TV series. Deadline reports that Nickelodeon and StudioCanal are teaming up with Paddington producer David Heyman for the show, which will follow the adventures of the younger Paddington bear. Ben Whishaw, who voiced Paddington in the first two films, will return for the small screen.
Directing the series is Adam Shaw of Blue Zoo Productions. It was developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont (The Amazing World of Gumball). The series is currently in production.
Also producing alongside Heyman are Karen Davidsen and Simon Quinn (Isle of Dogs), with executive producer Rosie Alison (Paddington 1 & 2) and co-producer Rob Silva. The series will air on Nickelodeon’s networks worldwide in 2020, while local broadcast partners are due to be secured in France, Canada, China and Japan. Studiocanal will rep sales.
If that weren’t enough, there is a third Paddington movie also in production, though director Paul King may not helm that installment.
Paddington is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children’s stories by British author Michael Bond, which have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, been translated into over 40 languages and captured the imagination of children and adults around the globe.