Paddington 3 has a new director and an official title.
Director Dougal Wilson will replace Paul King, who directed both Paddington films and is currently working on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel Wonka, at the helm of Paddington in Peru.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, “As a huge fan of the first two films, I’m very excited (if not a little scared) to continue the Paddington story.
“This is a huge responsibility, but all my efforts will be focused on creating a third film that will celebrate the love of many people for this special bear.”
King will remain on the project as an executive producer and also wrote the story with Paddington co-creators Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton.
Burton worked on the script with John Foster and James Lamont.
King added: “After ten years working on the Paddington films, I feel absurdly protective of the little bear cub and I’m glad Dougal will be there to hold his paw as he embarks on his third big screen adventure.
“Dougal’s work is simply amazing: funny, beautiful, sincere, creative and completely original.
“Aunt Lucy once asked us: “Please take care of this bear.” I know Dougal will handle this admirably.
Principal photography on Paddington Peru will begin in 2023 with the crew filming in London and Peru.
The last location is a nod to Paddington’s homeland, as the marmalade sandwich-loving bear travels from “the darkest Peru” to Puttington Station to begin his London adventures.
The plot and cast of the upcoming film are still under wraps as Ben Whishaw voiced the bear in the first two films, in which he shared adventures with the Brown family, led by actors Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.