StudioCanal celebrated its 30th anniversary in Cannes by formally announcing a bumper crop of film and television projects, including setting a production date for the long-awaited third Paddington movie.
The French mini-major belonging to Canal + revealed that main filming will begin on Paddington 3 in the second quarter of 2022, with a director and a cast still secret. Even if Paddington 1 and 2 director Paul King isn’t returning to direct the film (he’s shooting the prequel to Willy Wonka), he will produce and penned the story with previous collaborators Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton, along with Burton, Jon Foster and James Lamont (Paddington 1 & 2, The Adventures of Paddington) by writing the script.
“Our beloved bear is truly part of the family,” said Anna Marsh, CEO of StudioCanal, who confirmed that a third season of the Paddington Adventures a series on Nickelodeon was also in the works.
Elsewhere, Marsh has announced an action comedy Roleplay with attached star and producer Kaley Cuoco confirmed Colin Treverrow’s WWII adventure War magician, which will star Benedict Cumberbatch, plus a survival love story Suddenly with Jake Gyllenhaal and Vanessa Kirby and is expected to tour in Iceland
In development with Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone is In the animal garden, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s best-selling documentary optional by Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Is also under construction Bag head, with Ruby Barker (Bridgerton) and Freya Allen (The witcher), by director Alberto Corredor, as well as action thriller sequels Milkshakes with powder and Cold pursuit.
StudioCanal also revealed more information on the upcoming sequel to Attack the block, which is in early development with Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures formed by Nira Park, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright and UpperRoom Productions by John Boyega. Boyega will return in the role of Moses as a producer, with Cornish committed to producing, writing and directing.
“It has been a decade since Attack the block has been released and so much has changed since then, ”Boyega said in a statement. “I am delighted to see this intensified story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favorite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honor.
On the television side, Marsh has confirmed that main filming on the third season of Canal + Creation Originale and The Walt Disney Company’s sci-fi thriller has now started. War of the Worlds, written and created by BAFTA Award winner Howard Overman (Unsuitable, crazy, Merlin). Other new small screen announcements included The blue Hour, based on the bestseller by Douglas Kennedy and developed in partnership with the publishing house Editis, which also works with StudioCanal to transform NEO in the first young first saga for young adults by award-winning and best-selling French author Michel Bussi.
From the famous banner Red Productions to the banner (Years and years, Happy valley), Marsh announced that Maltese Corto was now in development, based on the graphic novels of Hugo Pratt, best known for his work on Rake, Irish Jack, Hacksaw ridge and The water diviner, Australian writer Andrew Knight is keen to develop the screenplay.