The third instalment of the Paddington series is reportedly set to begin filming this summer, following months of speculation.
Six years after the second film in the franchise hit the cinemas, filming for Paddington in Peru will begin on July 24, according to Deadline News.
The third film will reunite producer Studiocanal with Heyday, producers of the first two movies as well as the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies.
The two previous films amassed more than £400m between them at the box office, and both were nominated for BAFTA awards.
It is currently unconfirmed if Ben Wishaw will reprise his role as the Peruvian bear.
Key actors from previous films have included Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon.
Music video and commercial director Dougal Wilson will make his feature debut directing the third instalment of Paddington, with producers David Heyman and Rosie Alison and co-producer Rob Silva as co-producer.
Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh and EVP Global Production Ron Halpern said: “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.”
Director of Paddington 1 and 2, Paul King, said: “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.”
Director Wilson said: “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.”
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