wonka prequel

Hollywood loves brand awareness. They love it more than life itself. A studio is far more likely to give a green light to an established property than to something fresh and original, because that’s just how it goes. It’s nothing new – Tinseltown has been doing this for decades. But that doesn’t make it any less draining. The latest example: Wonka, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel movie that explores the origins of chocolatier and child murderer Willy Wonka. It sounds unnecessary, but there’s one silver lining: Paul King, the filmmaker behind the wonderful Paddington films, is at the helm.

If that news sounds familiar, that’s because this movie has been in the works for some time now. But now it has a release date.

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paddington 3 director

Few thought that a children’s series about a marmalade-loving bear could earn the critical acclaim that Paddington has, but writer-director Paul King elevated a silly premise into some of the best and most heartwarming films of the decade. And in unprecedented times like these, we need Paddington more than ever. And we may be getting it, as King confirmed that Paddington 3 is still happening — just without him.

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space force tv series cast

Remember Space Force? The Steve Carell-starring Netflix show that was announced on the heels of the outrageously silly idea cooked up by our current president? Well, it’s still happening. And it’s rounded out its cast and found itself a director. John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, and more will co-star with Carell, while Paddington and Paddington 2 director Paul King will direct two episodes. More on the Space Force TV series cast below.

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Pinocchio director

Over the past ten years, many filmmakers have tried and failed to direct a new version of Pinocchio. Guillermo del Toro is finally getting his stop-motion Pinocchio passion project made at Netflix, and Disney is primed to bring the character back in live-action like the other remakes of their animated catalogue. But a new update from the Disney movie’s would-be cinematographer suggests that version, which might have starred Tom Hanks as Geppetto, may have now lost Paddington director Paul King, who was hired last year.
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time's fool movie

Paul King is stepping away from the wholesome, kind world of Paddington to helm Time’s Fool. The film is described as a “magical love story” based on Glyn Maxwell’s novel-length poem Time’s Fool: A Tale In Verse, and will reunite King with Paddington producer David Heyman. This all sounds promising, but one question lingers: will there be marmalade involved? More on the Time’s Fool movie below.

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Paddington 3

Who could have guessed that Paddington would become one of our most beloved film franchises? This year’s Paddington 2 is the best-reviewed movie in the history of Rotten Tomatoes – even now, almost a year after its release, the sequel is still sitting at 100% fresh on the Tomatometer. (The fact that no one has swooped in to give it a bad review out of sheer spite is a minor miracle.)

But now a new report says that while Paddington 3 is in the works (hooray!), one of the franchise’s most important players likely won’t be returning: director Paul King (oh no!). Get the unfortunate Paddington 3 update below.
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Live-Action Pinocchio Remake

Paddington director Paul King was recently announced to be in negotiations for a new Willy Wonka origin story set up over at Warner Bros. But when you’ve directed the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, everyone wants a piece of your success, and Disney is locking down King for a project of their own.

Disney is developing a live-action remake of their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, and Paul King is currently in talks to to be in the director’s chair. It sounds like the Paddington director is going to be rather busy over the next few years. Find out more about the live-action Pinocchio remake below. Read More »

Willy Wonka remake

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm.

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Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes Score

Paddington 2, a film about a very polite bear who has to face-off against Hugh Grant in a bunch of wigs, is now the best reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. For now. This will change! But at this very moment in time, the film has held fast to its 100% rating. Let’s all celebrate by pretending the world isn’t a cesspool of misery! More on the Paddington 2 Rotten Tomatoes score below.

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Paddington 2

Co-writer/director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is returning for the Paddington sequel. Producer David Heyman (GravityHarry Potter) and financier-distributor StudioCanal were intent on bringing King back for a follow-up film, after the marvelous work he did with the first Paddington. The adaptation was a hit with critics and foreign audiences, and King deserves plenty of credit for successfully bringing Michael Bond’s lovable talking bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) to the big screen. Filmgoers want more of Paddington the Bear, and so does StudioCanal. They have some big plans for the bear, including a Paddington 3.

Below, find out the other ideas StudioCanal has for Michael Bond’s creation.

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