Though there's still another full year before the Smurfs sequel wows us with Neil Patrick Harris's many new reactions to CGI mischief, already Sony is confident enough we'll pay for it that they've started work on Smurfs 3. Also, the long-rumored CGI-meets-live-action Paddington Bear movie is finally happening, and it might not be as bad as that inherently sounds.
A shock to me even though I apparently talked about it two years ago, there's an Alvin and the Chipmunks-style CGI-animal-in-the-real-world version of Paddington Bear coming out, and The Sun claims Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh will be in it playing what sounds like a godawful freak:
Clown prince Noel will play Paddington's cousin - a half man, half beast who also comes from Darkest Peru.
He has been signed by Mighty Boosh director Paul King, who is penning the movie with Hamish McColl, co-writer of 2007 comedy flick Mr Bean's Holiday.
Seeing that I'm no longer a petulant British child, it's been some time since I've read a Paddington Bear story, but I really don't remember there being a nightmarish chimera cousin that would clearly be horrifying if visually realized. Was there? Because it sounds fucking wretched. Will this half-man, half-beast walk and talk or just kind of writhe around as its mixed cells desperately struggle to cooperate? This has Gooby written all over it.
Warner Bros. and Harry Potter producer David Heyman have announced plans to bring children's book star Paddington Bear to screens. Variety says the production will likely blend live-action with a CGI Paddington in the same style as such cinematic classics as Garfield, Stuart Little, and Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties, which should lend the character a nightmarishly disturbing, not-quite-real quality.
In the books, Paddington Bear was found at Paddington Station wearing a duffle coat, hat and Wellington boots, carrying a suitcase containing an empty jar of marmalade and wearing a label around his neck that reads "Please look after this bear, thank you." It's unclear how the tale will translate to modern times, where such a sight would clearly be seen as a bomb threat and destroyed by a police squad.