Paddington 2 producer trying to cut ties with Weinstein Company after scandal

The producer of the Paddington sequel has said he hopes to sever the film’s ties with the studio co-founded by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

David Heyman, who was also behind the widely popular first movie, has said it is “very sad and deeply frustrating” that The Weinstein Company (TWC) could have any further association with the character.

The studio, which found itself at the centre of a civil rights investigation in New York on Monday, is scheduled to distribute the film in North America.

Heyman, who heads the British studio Heyday Films, said he hopes “The Weinstein Company name is nowhere near Paddington 2”, according to Hollywood industry website Deadline.

“It’s very sad and deeply frustrating that Paddington, who’s been around for more than 50 years, and is always looking for the good in people, and has such a generous, warm-hearted spirit could have any association,” the Londoner, 56, said.

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