Dougal Wilson to direct Paddington 3 in London and Peru
Dougal Wilson will be in the director’s chair for Paddington in Peru, the third in the franchise about the little bear; the feature will shoot in 2023 in London and Peru for StudioCanal and Heyday Films.
Wilson (pictured, right) is best-known for music videos and commercials, having previously produced ads for Apple, Ikea, the BBC and Amnesty International.
Perhaps the most high-profile of Wilson’s credits are several of John Lewis’ Christmas commercials, including Monty the Penguin and The Long Wait, and We’re the Superhumans for the C4 Paralympics coverage.
The director said of the news: "As a huge fan of the first two films, I am very excited (if not a little intimidated) to be continuing the story of Paddington. It’s a massive responsibility, but all my efforts will be focussed on making a third film that honours the love so many people have for this very special bear.”
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh and EVP global production Ron Halpern commented: “We have long been huge admirers of Dougal's work, his stunning visual creativity, his storytelling, heart, emotion and humour. We are so thrilled that Dougal will be directing the third Paddington film. We look forward to bringing Paddington back to Peru for his next big screen adventure.”
Paul King, who directed the first two Paddington outings, added: “After ten years of working on the Paddington movies, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear, and I'm delighted that Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big screen adventure. Dougal's work is never less than astounding: funny, beautiful, heartfelt, imaginative, and totally original. Aunt Lucy once asked us to ‘Please Look After This Bear.’ I know Dougal will do so admirably.”
Producer of Paddington 1 and 2 David Heyman remarked: "After an exacting search, we're delighted that the brilliant Dougal Wilson will be directing the third Paddington film. A much-garlanded legend within the Commercials world, we have long admired Dougal’s virtuoso work, and his gift for directing with heart, humour, surprise and vivid imaginative flair.
"He’s a wonderfully inventive kindred spirit for Paddington’s latest adventure with the Browns, and we’re thrilled to be working with him.”
Paddington image via Studiocanal.
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