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Disney bails on third Narnia movie

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

If the third Chronicles of Narnia movie ever gets made it won't be with Disney behind it. The distributor, co-producer and co-financier of the first two Narnia films has gone on the record that it won't be partnering with Walden Media on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the proposed third movie in C.S. Lewis' fantasy novel series.

The reason for Disney getting cold feet is likely a combination of the disappointing box office gross of Prince Caspian, the second film and it's average performance on DVD since its December 2 release. While Caspian still grossed $419 million worldwide on an estimated budget of $180 million, that's still far less than the performance The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe did back in 2005 when the first film brought in $745 million in worldwide ticket sales. In fact, Caspian grossed domestically less than half of what Lion made. When a downward trend is established by a sequel, especially one that costs around $200 million to make, it seems even the big studios get cold feet.

That doesn't mean another studio won't step in and become a partner with Walden on Dawn Treader. Already there has been significant development on the three-quel with director Michael Apted signed and a script by Stephen Knight already written. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project had been targeting a spring start for filming for a May 2010 release but of course now all of that is up in the air.

-The Hollywood Reporter.
mckracken
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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

oh that sucks....of course I havent seen either Prince Caspian or the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. My money isnt on the line... .still Having disney bag on this really blows. its kinda like if Warner Brothers bails on Harry Pothead.

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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

I saw Lion/Witch/Wardrobe, and while I thought it was a pretty flat movie, I was sort of looking forward to The Dawn Treader. They probably should have just skipped Caspian altogether-- from what I remember after reading the books as a kid, it was probably the least memorable of the whole series. Haven't seen the Caspian film, don't know if I'll ever bother.

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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

Honestly, I do wonder if they would have trouble finding another producing partner. I mean, it isn't a franchise that's just starting up. It's got cred, maybe enough to be picked up by another. I just hope it's sooner than later.

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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

especially with fresh blood heading it up. A break from Adamson might be all a studio thinks the franchise needs.

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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

They made pretty much all the wrong decisions with PC: release it in the summer instead of the winter (ala Harry Potter), made the movie worse than the book, kept Adamson on as a director... So now Dawn Treader is paying for it. I don't think the books have too much cinematic value beyond that. Mayyyyybe the Silver Chair. I would actually like to see The Magician's Nephew, but I don't think the movies would ever make it that far through the series.

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Posted: 11 years 28 weeks ago

On further consideration, they should have definitely skipped Caspian and then Horse and His Boy, too. The rest of the books could make good movies, even the last two. Heck, you could probably smash Magician's Apprentice and Last Battle into one big movie and it would work.