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Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
Dawn Treader's future now all at sea

24 December 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Cold tidings for Caspian this morning, as Walt Disney Studios announced that they will not be co-producing and co-financing the adaptation of CS Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third of the Narnia films. This leaves Walden Media, the other big force behind the films, to find another partner if the film is indeed to hit screens in 2010.

Disney cited "budgetary and logistical" reasons for the move, which probably translates as "it's very expensive, and the last one didn't do so brilliantly at the box office". Prince Caspian made a hair under $420 million at the worldwide box office, compared to $745 million for its predecessor The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Prince Caspian also cost in the region of $200 million, and given that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader would present more logistical difficulties given its sea-borne nature, the studio presumably thought it was a bit of a gamble - and the recent failure of other non-Potter kids fantasy films like The Golden Compass may further have put the wind up them. Disney's withdrawal also casts doubt on the involvement of talent like planned director Michael Apted and screenwriter Steven Knight.

But all may not be lost! Walden Media works closely with Fox on most of its productions, so it may yet persuade Fox to step in. Watch this space for further news.


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RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
i think like most other teen fantasy book adaptations in recent memory the movies were rushed and ill conceived in nature trying to get the harry potter or lord of the rings audiences money this was Disney's almost cynical response to that trend and come across as such if they were serious and wanted to build a franchise then they should have hired a good director and put in extra effort to ensure the films were made to last More

Posted by horatio hornblower at 08:03 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
I meant to also add this bit (cant find the edit button), about the Golden Compass!   That film was a complete distaster purely because of how it was directed and cut. I have never read the GC books, and I was completely lost and annoyed during most of the film as a result. They jumped between so many storylines or points in the film without any explanation of how they reached that point, that it was frustrating.   A perfect example of this is the bit where the young girl More

Posted by freekedoutfish at 01:40 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
What about the Harry Potter books and films?   Those started out pretty bad and started off just riding the excitement of the books and were very childish to begin with. But they progressively got better and the last one was really good. The actors have grown up and learnt how to act, the special effects obviously pay off, everyone is just sure of their characters and parts in the story and the maturity of the films have improved.   Those started out very childish a More

Posted by freekedoutfish at 01:31 on 01 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
It's to be expected, how many books are there, five? It's all about the box office people, I think a lot of series/trilogies are gonna end up this way - it shouldn't be allowed, it's like publishing an unfinished book!!The Golden Compass for example being a dead duck is also a pity More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:32 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
Too bad!!   Prince Caspain was one of the very few great film of 2008, and probably the one good live-action-Disney films of these days... I really liked it. Both Disney Narnia films were absolutely great.   Now I am worried about the third film. Though, the book is fantastic by the way. More

Posted by Crinblanca at 20:27 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

PHEW!
Thank god for that, I really did not have high hopes for Dawntreader! More

Posted by VPchild at 12:59 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
I have to agree with freekedoutfish and KeithM in that Caspian miles better than the disappointing Wardrobe. after that initial misstep it looked as though the series had gotten back on track with the sequel so it's a real shame that Disney have bailed. I've heard rumours that Fox might step up to the plate so fingers crossed for that and I hope that they keep that cast as the kids who played Lucy and Edmond are by far the better actors. More

Posted by Jayseph at 12:26 on 29 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
Oh no! More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 20:37 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: wardrobe had strong legs, caspian broke them...
But, I'll try... quote]ORIGINAL: lovegrove7196 The first trouble was attempting to ride the wave of the first film. 'Wardrobe' was popular because it had been done so many times before, people knew it's name. But Caspian was trying to ride that same wave and failed because not many people knew of this story. can't think of a better reason to make the film than that.  Who wants to see the same crap over and over again?  The sheep maybe, but it's a sad state of affairs if we use that More

Posted by KeithM at 20:05 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: wardrobe had strong legs, caspian broke them...
L: lovegrove7196 ... this year, the titles of success went to.. /b] ... and rightly so... orry, stopped there from laughing.  Couldn't take anything you said seriously after that. More

Posted by KeithM at 19:17 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

Probably the best thing that could happen. Prince caspian was terrible. More

Posted by Marty5 at 10:06 on 28 December 2008 | Report This Post

I never saw Prince Caspian and I didn't think that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was that great either. In my opinion the novel series has the potential to be adapted into a great series of movies just like Harry Potter, but they just need to start over. More

Posted by geodude1990 at 21:58 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

wardrobe had strong legs, caspian broke them...
There were so many missteps in Caspian that to me dragged it into the tent of 21st century blockbuster tragedies. Only a handful of blockbusters make it every year, this year, the titles of success went to Iron Man, Indy 4 and The Dark Knight, and rightly so... The first trouble was attempting to ride the wave of the first film. 'Wardrobe' was popular because it had been done so many times before, people knew it's name. But Caspian was trying to ride that same wave and failed because not many More

Posted by lovegrove7196 at 18:18 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

I think that it shouldn't go ahead because it won't make any money. The first two were okay but I think they're pushing it with a third film. Sagas only work in certain cases one of them being Harry Potter which has made billions since its release. More

Posted by harrypotter118118 at 13:03 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

Awww shucks.
What a shame. No really, what a shame. More

Posted by piccolo135 at 10:29 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Budgetary and logistical?
Sure its disappointing but not entirely a bad thing. A new studio may take things further and make things even better. Shame about the talent though! I hope they stick around. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 04:49 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Budgetary and logistical?
L: angelic_face What, so a $200 million profit isn't enough?? sp; No.  A film of this type needs to make roughly 3 times its budget in order to financially break even.  More

Posted by DazDaMan at 01:55 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
I'm really astounded by Disney for doing this.   I liked the first Narnia film, but I thought the second one was a  HUGE improvement and far better then the first one. Less childish and more mature, better acting, better effects and better battle scenes. Just generally a far easier film to watch and a lot more fulfilling to do so.   This just shows that money really is more important then making films for these people, despite the fact they are meant to be the ones w More

Posted by freekedoutfish at 01:32 on 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Well I am saddened. I like the first and Caspian was alright. The thing is as a kid I loved Voyage and let's be honest the two best child actors were going to be in it (forgetting Barnes). Oh well, Narnia will happen again at some point in the future. More

Posted by mafyou at 20:00 on 26 December 2008 | Report This Post

Lets face it, the marketing and scheduling of the film was shite!! Fantasy films are best suited to the winter months, thats why Narnia 1 did so well. More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 12:39 on 25 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: does not surprise me at all
L: horatio hornblower the old miniseries were better in every way Yeah...there's no chance of that looking completely shit. More

Posted by Macavity at 22:40 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Budgetary and logistical?
What, so a $200 million profit isn't enough?? More

Posted by angelic_face at 20:09 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Don't make no more
It's very unusual for Disney to drop out of making a movie, they usually carry on making films untill they ruin them . i.e Pirates 4 and 5 (when made), i hope that FOX don't bail out Walden Media and forget about making the Dawn Treader, the failings of Prince Caspian should tell them that. More

Posted by Ross 31 at 15:56 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

how can anyone be suprised?!
it made $300 million LESS that the first. that's WAY too much of a gamble. saying that, didn't the 3rd Potter film make alot less that the previous two films? More

Posted by Hughezy at 14:28 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Great news for Christmas
I liked Prince Caspian a lot more than I thought I would.  I hope ues adapting the series, you know, now they've started like. More

Posted by KeithM at 13:22 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Disney Bails On Third Narnia Film
Good. More

Posted by Kazuya at 13:16 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Ha ha...
...Disney jumping ship will surely mean the film doesn't get the 2010 release. Good news as the quality plummeted between 'LWW' and 'Caspian'. Which in itself was a surprise with 'LWW' being, if not awful, then poor. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 13:09 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Potter grosses
I dunno, it's kind of hard to state that there's any pattern as to which release window has worked better for Potter, from the grosses of the films so far: Philosopher's Stone  (Winter 2001) - $976,475,550 Chamber of Secrets (Winter 2002) - $878,988,482 Prisoner of Azkaban (Summer 2004) - $795,541,069 Goblet of Fire (Winter 2005) - $896,016,159 Order of the Phoenix (Summer 2007) - $938,468,864 To be honest, I think the final grosses have had more to do with what competiti More

Posted by LeChuck at 13:08 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Great news for Christmas
Crappy films can't get another terrible film in their cannon because people were smart enough not to see their awfulness. More

Posted by Ethanial at 12:50 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: You know why Caspian didn't rake in the money.
L: nclowe I totally agree JaiCSC. I LOTR had been released in the summer it would't have done half as well as it did. Parents are much more likely to take the kiddies out to the cinema in winter a isn't as much competition from other ativities, whether it be whatever sporting event is on tv, BBQs or general 'stick the kids in the garden all weekend'. I'd bet good money that Harry Potter doesn't do as well this summer as they hoped it would...they should have stuck with Christmas release fo More

Posted by elab49 at 12:09 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: You know why Caspian didn't rake in the money.
I totally agree JaiCSC. I bet if LOTR had been released in the summer it would't have done half as well as it did. Parents are much more likely to take the kiddies out to the cinema in winter as there isn't as much competition from other ativities, whether it be whatever sporting event is on tv, BBQs or general 'stick the kids in the garden all weekend'. I'd bet good money that Harry Potter doesn't do as well this summer as they hoped it would...they should have stuck with Christmas release for More

Posted by nclowe at 12:02 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

You know why Caspian didn't rake in the money.
It's cause they didn't release it at Christmas. Films like that do better at that time. The Harry Potter films that were released at Christmas usually did better than those that didn't. More

Posted by JaiCSC at 11:56 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

does not surprise me at all
prince caspian and the lion the witch and the wardrobe were incredibly disapointing if they can get a better director then it may improve the old miniseries were better in every way the CGI looks entirely fake in the new ones More

Posted by horatio hornblower at 11:42 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

Maybe this is a good thing.
With Disney no longer involved then we may get a darker more braver film. As there's a few dark bits in the book such as the island of fog that i don't think they would have done justice too. I heard Peter Jackson is interested in directing.* I'm sure another studio would love to come on board the ship with all the petty much guaranteed loot that they'll make. *I may of made this up More

Posted by Oli Monkey at 11:06 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

*shakes head at Disney*
No!!! Prince Caspian was one of the pleasent surprises for 2008 amist a durge of fairly crap films (I'm looking at you Indy). I really hope they get funding from somewhere! More

Posted by nclowe at 10:53 on 24 December 2008 | Report This Post

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