The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – December 10

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation’s Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media team up to release the third NARNIA movie through the Fox-Walden label. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE was a certified blockbuster, despite being rather too lightweight. The first sequel, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, was considerably better but saw a considerable drop-off in ticket sales; though not nearly enough to justify the erroneous perception of box office failure, it did not bode well for the future of the franchise, so Walt Disney Pictures, which had co-produced the first two films with Walden Media, dropped out, and Fox stepped in.

Gotta love a film that features a dragon and a cute mouse.
Gotta love a film that features a dragon and a cute mouse.

Leaving nothing to chance, the studio that released AVATAR, opted to go the 3-D route for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Director Andrew Adamson is gone, replaced by Michael Apted, who seems to be the go-to guy when Hollywood wants to take genre material and make it more dramatically serious (e.g., THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH). In any case, once again, the Pevensie children travel to the magical land of Narnia, where they help out old comrades Prince Caspian and Aslan. The screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. The cast includes Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie, Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb, Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie, Liam Neeson as Aslan, and Simon Pegg as Reepicheep.

'Narnia: Dawn Treader' – Trailer

Prince Caspian & Co. on a mission to the Lone Islands, in this third part of the Narnia saga.
Starring Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes and Will Poulter.
Directed by Michael Apted.
Due out Decemeber 10th from 20th Century Fox and Walden Media.

Second Trailer for "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

As the third Narnia film adaptation draws nearer and nearer, another trailer has made its way to the public eye. Check it out! Walt Disney Pictures’ THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER hits theaters on December 10, 2010

Voyage of the Dawn Treader: New Poster & Images

After a trailer surfaced for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, the third installment of the series based on the children’s novels by C.S. Lewis, it seems we’ve now got our hands on a new poster and two promo images.DTcnarnia-voyagedawn-boatpostersail



20th Century Fox’s DAWN TREADER is coming to theaters everywhere December 10, 2010 in 3D.

Sense of Wonder: Twilight writer to revamp next Narnia movie?

In what sounds like an April Fool’s Day joke, claims that TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer has been tapped to rewrite the script for THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, the next film in the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series, based on the novels by C.S. Lewis. In a hint not to take the whole thing seriously, the article is mostly sourced to anonymous “insiders,” who sound like members of the Stephenie Meyer’s fan club:

“She can help bring a lot of fresh ideas to the table,” says one source. “She can also help bring in audience members. People know who she is far more then CS Lewis.”
“Lewis represents the ideas of the past,” says a second source. “Meyer represents the future. This is the perfect blending.”

Only director Michael Apted is quoted on the record, affirming that Meyer’s romantic vampire aesthetic will not seep into the land of Narnia:

“There will be no sparkly vampires in in my movie,” said Apted. “And Edward Cullen won’t be in Dawn Treader either.”

The article also alleges that Meyer has been asked to work on THE HOBBIT and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS. In the case of THE HOBBIT, it is hard to imagine that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo Del Toro cannot knock out a draft between them without outside help. But nevermind; one of those anonymous sources is brimming with enthusiasm at the idea:

“She will help make these stories so much better!” says one insider. “ Lewis and Tolkien may have been the kings of fantasy, but Stephenie Meyer is the reigning queen .”

The comments thread appended to the article is divided between disappointment, enthusiasm, and suspicion about the veracity of the report.
For me, the interesting point is this: so much stupid stuff happens in Hollywood that, as suspect as this article is, for at least a moment you can almost believe it. After the somewhat unfair reputation of PRINCE CASPIAN as a “disappointment,” one could imagine Hollywood honchos desperately seeking a way to reinvigorate the NARNIA franchise. After all, the first film THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE earned over $745-million worldwide. PRINCE CASPIAN’s worldwide gross, though still profitable, was considerably smaller: $419.7-million. With a production budget upwards of $200-million, any further sequel would have to reverse – or at least arrest – the box office decline – a consideration that might act as a motivation for bringing on a popular writer to polish Michael Petroni’s screenplay adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel.
Stranger things have happened. But that doesn’t mean this one is happening.

Prince Caspian: Why did it lose the box office throne?

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN was released on May 16 of this year and quickly shot to the top of the box-office… for one week. Can’t fault it too much for a single week at the top of the pyramid, though. In a summer of mighty stiff competition even INDIANA could not hold the top spot for more than a week (heck, he even got stomped by a bunch of girls). Besides, THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE only lasted one week at number one. However, it did make approximately $10,000,000 more during its opening weekend: $65,000,000 as opposed to $55,000,000. In the sequel, C.S. Lewis’ four heroes – Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and Lucy (Georgie Henley) -are brought back to the world of Narnia, but something’s very wrong. The land they helped save and rule now lies in ruins, overgrown by foliage. Eventually they—and we—discover Continue reading “Prince Caspian: Why did it lose the box office throne?”