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Disney drops Narnia

12.24.2008

Just a few short months before filming was scheduled to begin, Walt Disney Pictures dropped THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. The official statement from Disney and Walden Media cited "budgetary and logistical" issues for the decision. The move puts DAWN TREADER, which already had a May, 2010 release date set, in serious trouble but not completely out. Walden is expected to shop the production around town and may find a home with Fox where they've released a number of other projects (CITY OF EMBER, NIM'S ISLAND). Any significant delays though could jeopardize the participation of director Michael Apted and stars Ben Barnes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell.

While it's a surprising move to see Disney unceremoniously drop a franchise mid-trilogy, the movies were getting more expensive to make and were bringing in less cash. The first film made $292 million in the US alone but PRINCE CASPIAN made less than half that. Disney would appear to be nervous that the appetite for large budget fantasy epics has waned (see GOLDEN COMPASS) and that a third film would make even less than CASPIAN. Stay tuned as this story develops over the next few weeks...

Extra Tidbit: Interesting timing on the announcement of this move...
Source: Variety

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6:47AM on 12/29/2008
I am never a fan of Narnia but I still think the movie is more decent than Harry Potter's movies. I think children love Narnia, but sadly it wasted too much money on the visual effects instead of focusing on the story.
I am never a fan of Narnia but I still think the movie is more decent than Harry Potter's movies. I think children love Narnia, but sadly it wasted too much money on the visual effects instead of focusing on the story.
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2:14AM on 12/29/2008
never liked the first 2.
never liked the first 2.
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10:22PM on 12/26/2008
is disney out of they're fucking minds true the 2nd film didn't make the amount that the 1st film made but come on
is disney out of they're fucking minds true the 2nd film didn't make the amount that the 1st film made but come on
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9:30PM on 12/26/2008
I was never a fan.
I was never a fan.
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4:00PM on 12/26/2008

Peter Jackson

Get him to do the 3rd it would be awesome. Mayby hes still doing HALO. LOL
Get him to do the 3rd it would be awesome. Mayby hes still doing HALO. LOL
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7:36AM on 12/26/2008

HIP HIP HOORAY NO MORE STUPID NARNIA

Good riddance, these films sucked!
Good riddance, these films sucked!
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4:04AM on 12/26/2008

A smart move...

They weren't spitting them out fast enough anyway. They should be done as CG movies. That way you can record all the voice talent and animated actors don't age past the roles they are playing.
They weren't spitting them out fast enough anyway. They should be done as CG movies. That way you can record all the voice talent and animated actors don't age past the roles they are playing.
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4:01AM on 12/26/2008

A good financial decision

I didn't much care for the first one, and I have little incentive to see the second. Still, there's a fanbase, and I would think Fox could work with Icon to market the series to church groups. That's about the only way I can see the series staying afloat in these economic times.
I didn't much care for the first one, and I have little incentive to see the second. Still, there's a fanbase, and I would think Fox could work with Icon to market the series to church groups. That's about the only way I can see the series staying afloat in these economic times.
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2:29PM on 12/25/2008
I agree with GrungeHippy, keep 'em coming. We got the Lord of the Rings in a box set, I want Narnia that way too. Twilight and Lord of the Rings encouraged my daughter to read the books, and Narnia was looking to do the same. The Harry Potter movies did the same. Movies about books encourage reading. When is that ever a bad thing?
I agree with GrungeHippy, keep 'em coming. We got the Lord of the Rings in a box set, I want Narnia that way too. Twilight and Lord of the Rings encouraged my daughter to read the books, and Narnia was looking to do the same. The Harry Potter movies did the same. Movies about books encourage reading. When is that ever a bad thing?
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11:30PM on 12/24/2008
While there's nothing epic about the Narnia movies, I have to admit that for me they were entertaining at best. It's not something I'd buy on DVD, but a second watch on cable wouldn't hurt. Of course, I'm a minority when it comes to Caspian as most of my friends said they had a hard time keeping awake during the flick.

Anyway, it's weird that Disney would drop a franchise like this. If done right and marketed properly, the third could have been the best of the three.
While there's nothing epic about the Narnia movies, I have to admit that for me they were entertaining at best. It's not something I'd buy on DVD, but a second watch on cable wouldn't hurt. Of course, I'm a minority when it comes to Caspian as most of my friends said they had a hard time keeping awake during the flick.

Anyway, it's weird that Disney would drop a franchise like this. If done right and marketed properly, the third could have been the best of the three.
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8:41PM on 12/24/2008
I liked both films and wanted to see more. My stepmother gave me her book of all Narnia and although I finished Magicians Nephew I have yet to catch up. I don't think Caspian was a failure at all. I think making it a summer movie was the worst idea. It just got swallowed up by Iron Man and Indy. I mean hell, ESB didn't make nowhere near as much as Star Wars (I'm not calling it four) and that didn't stop them. Come on man keep going!
I liked both films and wanted to see more. My stepmother gave me her book of all Narnia and although I finished Magicians Nephew I have yet to catch up. I don't think Caspian was a failure at all. I think making it a summer movie was the worst idea. It just got swallowed up by Iron Man and Indy. I mean hell, ESB didn't make nowhere near as much as Star Wars (I'm not calling it four) and that didn't stop them. Come on man keep going!
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7:22PM on 12/24/2008

I liked...

the 1st one, but despised Prince Caspian. Once LOTR came out and made billions, other companies were willing to jump on anything even remotely similar to make a quick buck. Sadly, only more Tolkien was the answer IMO. Disney should still finish the 3rd picture, if for nothing else but to finish it up.
the 1st one, but despised Prince Caspian. Once LOTR came out and made billions, other companies were willing to jump on anything even remotely similar to make a quick buck. Sadly, only more Tolkien was the answer IMO. Disney should still finish the 3rd picture, if for nothing else but to finish it up.
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5:47PM on 12/24/2008
Wow I'm disappointed in Disney. Sure, Caspian didn't make as much money as the first but it still made 419 mil wordwide! I can't believe they gave up on the series after that. With that said, I don't care who releases it...as long as it is released! I love the series.
Wow I'm disappointed in Disney. Sure, Caspian didn't make as much money as the first but it still made 419 mil wordwide! I can't believe they gave up on the series after that. With that said, I don't care who releases it...as long as it is released! I love the series.
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3:52PM on 12/24/2008

oh no

What ever will I do now?...I guess continue to ignore the other 2 movies...Ok, I saw the first one...I guess the disappointment never lifted.
What ever will I do now?...I guess continue to ignore the other 2 movies...Ok, I saw the first one...I guess the disappointment never lifted.
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12:56PM on 12/24/2008

GOOD

Waste of money, and a waste of resources.
Waste of money, and a waste of resources.
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12:43PM on 12/24/2008

Really Disney?

Caspian's release date was horrible. It should've been released around now, especially seeing as there's not a lot of blockbusters for it to compete with.

And please no Fox. Any studio but them.
Caspian's release date was horrible. It should've been released around now, especially seeing as there's not a lot of blockbusters for it to compete with.

And please no Fox. Any studio but them.
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12:24PM on 12/24/2008

Good Riddance

The first two were kind of snore fests, decent movies I suppose for some, but not movies that you invest 200 million into
The first two were kind of snore fests, decent movies I suppose for some, but not movies that you invest 200 million into
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12:24PM on 12/24/2008

Good Riddance

The first two were kind of snore fests, decent movies I suppose for some, but not movies that you invest 200 million into
The first two were kind of snore fests, decent movies I suppose for some, but not movies that you invest 200 million into
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11:53AM on 12/24/2008
If they would release it during the Christmas holidays, I think they would have seen more money coming in. This is not a summer blockbuster movie franchise.
If they would release it during the Christmas holidays, I think they would have seen more money coming in. This is not a summer blockbuster movie franchise.
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8:59AM on 12/24/2008
triple post
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8:59AM on 12/24/2008
double post
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8:59AM on 12/24/2008
I'm still hoping someone else can pick it up after Disney. I'm cool if not all seven books make the cut, but I at least wanted a trilogy to come of it.
I'm still hoping someone else can pick it up after Disney. I'm cool if not all seven books make the cut, but I at least wanted a trilogy to come of it.
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