Just a few weeks before its Paddington sequel hits theaters, Studiocanal says it has put an animated TV series in development based on the bear created by Michael Bond. A 52×11 series is eyed for launch in late 2018 or early 2019 and is part of Studiocanal parent Vivendi’s overall strategy to further expand the franchise which also includes Paddington Run, an official mobile game. The first Paddington film, produced by David Heyman, grossed $268M worldwide.BBC Four has acquired French series Missions, the channel’s first international drama pick-up with a sci-fi theme. AB International Distribution handles rights on the critically acclaimed Missions which is set in the not too distant future when the first-ever manned mission to Mars is launched by eccentric Swiss billionaire William Meyer (Mathias Mlekuz). After 10 months of space travel, the crew are just one day away from reaching Mars when they learn they’ve been overtaken by a rival American craft, and will no longer be first to land on the planet. When a distress message is then received from the Americans, the French team’s exploration mission becomes a rescue attempt. After a chaotic landing on Mars, they discover a survivor. But he is not from the American mission. He’s Russian — a cosmonaut named Vladimir Komarov, who died on a mission to space in 1967. The 10-part series is created by Henri Debeurme, Julien Lacombe and Ami Cohen.
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