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First Synopsis For David Heyman’s Live-Action/CGI ‘Paddington’

by Dan Bullock

Earlier this year, we received news that the HARRY POTTER producer David Heyman was getting behind the big-screen version of Paddington Bear with the film, understandably, named PADDINGTON. Mighty Boosh director Paul King is still present and correct and has co-written the script with Hamish McColl, a man previously famed for MR BEANS HOLIDAY, this is a film for a younger audience, after all.

We’ve now received the first full synopsis of what we can expect of the little bear on a big adventure, take a read and see what you think, could be a good mix of light and dark!

“From the producer of HARRY POTTER, a modern take on the iconic and beloved adventures of Paddington bear, translated into 40 languages worldwide.

Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, PADDINGTON tells the story of a polite young bear from Peru with an endearing talent for comic chaos, who arrives in London in search of a home.

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to cook marmalade, listen to the BBC World Service, and dream of an exciting life in London.  When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides the time has come to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life.  Trusting of the kindness of strangers, she ties a label round his neck which simply reads ‘Please look after this bear.  Thank you.’

Lost and alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that London is not the welcoming, well-mannered land of his dreams, but a rather busy, bustling metropolis where nobody even notices him.  Luckily, he meets the Brown family who feel unable to abandon this homeless young bear to his fate.  They name him after the station where they found him and offer him a place to stay while he searches for the only person he knows in London: the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy years before.

But little do the Browns realize just how much comic mayhem one young bear will bring to their family life, and when this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…

Following in the footsteps of E.T., Paddington tells the universal tale of an outsider trying to find his place in the world – and gives it an exuberant comic twist.  Like Mr. Bean, Paddington promises to delight and enchant the whole family.”

PADDINGTON is set to be released in the UK and US cinemas on 26th November 2014.

Source: Collider

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Rob Burch Nov 9, 2012 - 10:15 am

Little concerned by them liking it to Bean, and to a lesser extent ET.

I want Stephen Fry voicing Paddington. That is all.

Dan Bullock Nov 9, 2012 - 10:41 am

That, sir, is an excellent suggestion!

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