Paddington for big screen sequel?
Paddington could be heading back to the big screen for another starring role as talks are said to be under way for a sequel.
According to Variety, Paddington was such a huge success for StudioCanal that chairman-CEO Olivier Courson is now discussing the possibility of a second instalment with producer David Heyman.
Olivier said: "We have to be selective, work with strong brands, top talent, take the time we need... Obviously, the result on Paddington is a strong incentive to us and the partners on the movie to work on a sequel, and a strong incentive for StudioCanal to continue in this area."
He added: "Paddington has been our biggest bet. Even the development costs, such as creating the bear, were significant. But it shows we can be ambitious in this area of family entertainment, even if it brings us into more direct competition with US studios."
Paddington is due to open in China and Japan, and is expected to take around 250 million dollars (more than £164 million) worldwide. It was the studio's biggest-ever film with a budget of 55 million dollars (around £36 million).
StudioCanal also opened new family film Shaun The Sheep on Friday and is set to launch a 3D cartoon version of Robinson Crusoe.