‘Harry Potter’ producer plots big-screen ‘Paddington Bear’

David Heyman is bringing the bear from Peru to the movies

Paddington Bear is to hit the big screen under the guidance of Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

The live-action version of Michael Bond‘s beloved series of children’s books will be directed by Bunny And The Bull helmer Paul King, and distributed by the UK-based Studio Canal, according to PA.

Heyman said: “Paddington Bear is a universally loved character, treasured for his optimism, his sense of fair play, and his perfect manners – and of course for his unintentional comic chaos. “Michael Bond’s books offer such wit and wonder, and I am so delighted at this chance to bring Paddington to the big screen.”

The new film is described as “modern take” on the marmalade guzzling bear, who arrives from Peru at London’s Paddington station, and is taken in by an English family. Paddington made his first literary appearance in 1958’s A Bear Called Paddington, and the books have gone on to sell 35 million copies worldwide and translated into 40 different languages. He has also appeared in several TV versions.