Paddington 3 Leads Studiocanal Slate Revealed at Cannes

“Paddington 3” is among a host of slate titles revealed by Studiocanal at an event in Cannes on Tuesday.

Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh said that principal photography on the keenly anticipated project would commence in the second quarter of 2022. The film reunites Studiocanal with Heyday Films, as previously reported by Variety.

The director, cast updates and location are currently under wraps. The story is by “Paddington” 1 and 2 collaborators Paul King, Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton, and screenplay by Mark Burton, Jon Foster, and James Lamont.

King will executive produce the keenly anticipated feature.

Studiocanal also announced that it has acquired Lailaps Films Germany and will welcome producer Nils Dünker’s company lineup to the Studiocanal lineup, including films such as “Wild Republic,” “Eine Unerhörte Frau,” “Spurlos in Marseille,” “Vorsicht vorLeuten,” “Beste Aller Welten” and “Hannes,” which opens theatrically in Germany this fall. The Lailaps production team is currently in pre-production on the next in ZDF’s successful “Ingo Thiel” series, “Gesicht der Erinnerung” for SWR/ORF.

Several more film and TV projects were announced at a Cannes presentation celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary, hosted by chair Maxime Saada and CEO Anna Marsh.

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In a continuation of their lucrative and long-term relationship, Studiocanal and The Picture Company confirmed that “The Flight Attendant” and “The Big Bang Theory” lead Kaley Cuoco is attached to star and produce “Role Play,” currently in development.

Written by Seth Owen, the film is set to turn on a couple whose relationship is thrust into upheaval when secrets from both of their pasts are unearthed. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman at The Picture Company will produce with Ron Halpern, Shana Eddy and Rachel Henochsberg from Studiocanal. Brillstein Partners’ George Heller serves as executive producer and Cuoco will produce via her company Yes Norman Productions.

Rona and Heineman have previously produced several of Studiocanal’s highest profile productions starring Liam Neeson including “Unknown,” “Non-Stop” and “The Commuter,” and are sticking with what works on the new action thriller “Retribution,” again starring the Irish action star. The film is directed by Nimrod Antal and co-stars Matthew Modine, Embeth Davidtz and Noma Dumezweni. StudioCanal confirmed on Tuesday that production is currently underway, shooting in Berlin. Studiocanal is also producing the sequel to Neeson’s “Cold Pursuit,” with director Hans Petter Moland, writer Frank Baldwin and producer Michael Shamberg all returning.

A third Studiocanal-The Picture Company co-production, horror-thriller “Baghead,” starring “The Witcher’s” Freya Allen and produced by Studiocanal and The Picture Company, is similarly set to shoot in the German capital. It is directed by London-based Spaniard Alberto Corredor, expanding on his 2017 short of the same title.

Studiocanal and The Picture Company’s “Gunpowder Milkshake” premieres next week on Netflix with a Studiocanal-led global theatrical rollout later this summer. The companies are currently working on a sequel to the Karren Gillian-led action feature.

Marsh also confirmed that Colin Trevorrow’s “War Magician” will begin shooting next year, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The film is based on David Fisher’s eponymous novel which is being adapted by Nicholas Mariani (“The Man in the Black Suit”). It’s produced by Landscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper; SunnyMarch’s Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland, and Leah Clarke; Lonetree’s Tony Eldridge; and Bluestone’s Richard Saperstein with Studiocanal financing the film entirely. Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch, of which Studiocanal is a shareholder, recently teamed with Studiocanal on “The Electrical of Louis Wain” from director Will Sharpe, releasing this fall.

Elsewhere, Studiocanal is teaming with Tresor Films and Nine Stories on “Suddenly,” a life and death drama about a couple in a harsh Icelandic environment, to be shot on site with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Venessa Kirby. Thomas Bidegain wrote and will direct.

In the kids and family realm, “Pippi Longstocking” is getting the feature treatment from Studiocanal as well, with a feature being developed with “Paddington” co-producers Heyday Films and the Astrid Lindgren Company. Multiple sequels have already been greenlit.

Hoping they have found a perennial family favorite IP, Studiocanal has greenlit a sequel to the upcoming film adaptation of Matt Haig’s “A Boy Called Christmas,” to be co-produced with Blueprint Pictures. Gil Kenan will return to write and direct the follow-up feature, with the first set to rollout this fall.

A highly-anticipated sequel to Joe Cornish’s sci-fi thriller “Attack the Block” is in early development, with Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures – founded by Nira Park, Cornish and Edgar Wright, and John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions producing. Boyega will once again star.

Tom Hanks’ Playtone is co-producing the feature adaptation of Erik Larson’s best-seller “In the Garden of Beasts,” and Studiocanal-Imperative Entertainment’s psychological thriller Cat Person will begin shooting this fall. Emmy-nominated actors Nicholas Braun (“Succession”) and Emilia Jones (“Locke & Key”) are confirmed to star.

Studiocanal teamed with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell to hand-pick Lee Cronin as the filmmaker to take the “Evil Dead” franchise forward. The film is currently shooting in New Zealand, and will release theatrically in 2022.

The news of “Role Play” was first reported by Deadline.

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