Produced by David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Gravity), Paddington is being directed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King (Come Fly with Me, The Mighty Boosh).
StudioCanal developed the film, is fully financing and will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and is handling international sales. The film will open in the UK November 28, 2014. The film will be released wide in North America by TWC-Dimension in the first quarter of 2015.
The first ever live action film inspired by Michael Bond's best-selling books, will star Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as Mr. Brown, Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones's Diary) as the voice of Paddington Bear and Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. They are joined by Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop.
The story follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...
Producer David Heyman had this to say in a statement.
Olivier Courson, StudioCanal Chairman and CEO also released a statement.
Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein also released a joint statement.
Paddington comes to theaters December 25th, 2014 and stars Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, George Newton. The film is directed by Paul King.