June 13th, 2022
Today THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER exclusively reveals that Dougal Wilson is attached to direct PADDINGTON IN PERU. Principal photography to commence in 2023 filming on location in London & Peru. A STUDIOCANAL and Heyday Films production. PADDINGTON IN PERU reunites STUDIOCANAL with Heyday Films following their collaboration on films 1 & 2. STUDIOCANAL is fully financing the highly anticipated third film in the beloved Paddington franchise.
STUDIOCANAL CEO Anna Marsh and EVP Global Production Ron Halpern confirm “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 & 2 Paul King comments:
“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 & 2 David Heyman adds:
“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.”
Director of PADDINGTON IN PERU Dougal Wilson expands:
“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.”
Dougal Wilson is a director well known for his music videos and commercials. His many ads include those for Apple, Ikea, The BBC, and Amnesty International. Dougal’s Christmas adverts for UK department store John Lewis have become a widely talked-about part of British popular culture. Amongst his many industry awards and honours, Dougal’s film, “We’re the Superhumans” for the Channel 4 Paralympics, garnered two Black D&AD Pencils and the Film Grand Prix at Cannes Lions. He was also nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials in 2020.