Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Did you see "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "Prince Caspian?"
Did you like them?
Are you hoping for the next installment of the "Chronicles of Narnia?"

I come bearing neither good news nor bad news (well, it is actually mostly bad).

Disney is still planning on making "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," but UGO Movie Blog reports some sinister findings, basing the news off of Jim Hill Media.

“Director Michael Apted has been riding herd on Dawn Treader’s development since June of 2007. Actors have been cast (‘Son of Rambow’ star Will Poulter has been hired to play Pevensie cousin Eustace Scrubb) and studio space has been lined up for a four-to-five month-long shoot which is allegedly slated to begin in late January. Which is all well & good. Except that Disney hasn’t actually greenlit production of ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ Not yet, anyway. What’s the hold-up? Well...Part of the problem here is that ‘Prince Caspian’ didn’t do nearly as well as Disney & Walden had hoped it would this past Summer. This $200 million follow-up to the studio’s 2005 blockbuster, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ only earned $141.6 million during its initial domestic release. Which is less than half of what the first ‘Narnia’ movie earned during its stateside release back in December of 2005.”

The third "Narnia" film was to be made in Iceland has changed, possibly sending the crew to Mexico to film where James Cameron filmed "Titanic."

Other news includes the film's budget being lowered by around $40 million, the release date getting pushed to December of 2010.

According to the UGO Movie Blog post, "And as for the future of the series, as recently as August of 2007, the Narnia series was to debut one installment a year until all seven were completed by May of 2013. But in September of 2007, Disney changed its mind, explaining that 'In consideration of the challenging schedules for our young actors, Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media have chosen to delay the start of production for ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ until Summer 2008.'"

At the 2008 New York Comic-con, producer Mark Johnson stated that, “Right now, we have no plans to go beyond ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ If (that movie is) successful, I’d love to do ‘The Silver Chair’ after that...as long as you keep embracing these movies, we’ll make all seven.”

"Prince Caspian" hits stores on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 2, 2008.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!

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