New Paddington film in 2014

"Harry Potter" producer, David Heyman, and film giant Warner are joining forces to produce a feature film based on the classic children's character Paddington Bear. It will be the first full-length feature film made about the lovable bear and will premier in 2014.

Around the world, there are approximately 265 licensees producing a wide range of different Paddington-themed products.

Behind the stories is the author Michael Bond. The first Paddington book was published in 1958, which was then followed by another ten books during the subsequent 20 years.

It was on a cold Christmas Eve in 1957 that Michael Bond found a bear all alone on a shelf in a store in London. He decided to buy it as a present for his wife. The choice of name was due to the fact that they lived in the part of West London of the same name.

Michael began with a single story about the bear. Soon there were two, then three. Within 10 days he had written a whole book about a bear found at London’s Paddington Station: “A Bear called Paddington”. The books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages.

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