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01.29.2009

After being unceremoniously left at the altar by Disney last month, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER has found a new home. Fox has swooped in to save the day, going in halfsies on production costs for the film with Walden. Fox and Walden already have an existing relationship and Fox was given first right of refusal on the project after Disney decided to let it go for financial reasons. Fox wasn't devoid of those concerns either and has trimmed the budget to approximately $140 million (down from $215 million for PRINCE CASPIAN). Fox is also hoping that DAWN TREADER, which is considered to be more of a family-friendly film, will return the kind of rewards that the original NARNIA film did in 2005 (with $745 million worldwide). The two sides are currently finalizing budgetary and script concerns and if all goes according to play, they expect to begin shooting this summer for a holiday 2010 release. Looks like a pretty smart move by Fox (despite what some of you might inherently think of their business practices) and one that could result in Disney kicking themselves.

Extra Tidbit: Remember when Fox tried to launch their own NARNIA-esque franchise with ERAGON?
Source: Variety

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3:16PM on 01/30/2009

Walden is making the movie not Fox

Fox is merely distributing the film, so there's not a whole lot they can do to screw it up.

Giving the film a smaller budget isn't that big of a deal either, the first Narnia was made on $150 Million, so I doubt a $10 Million drop will be that noticible, plus that's still a slightly larger budget than most of the Potter movies get ($100-130 Million).
Fox is merely distributing the film, so there's not a whole lot they can do to screw it up.

Giving the film a smaller budget isn't that big of a deal either, the first Narnia was made on $150 Million, so I doubt a $10 Million drop will be that noticible, plus that's still a slightly larger budget than most of the Potter movies get ($100-130 Million).
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5:46AM on 01/30/2009

UGH!!!!

Has nobody realized that Fox is horrible at turning books into movies, and doing a good job...the movie Eragon was crap...anybody who has read the books knows what I'm talking about. I'm not saying a movie adaptation of a book has to be exact, but it should be close, and not ruin everything that builds up for what's supposed to be in the sequel.
Has nobody realized that Fox is horrible at turning books into movies, and doing a good job...the movie Eragon was crap...anybody who has read the books knows what I'm talking about. I'm not saying a movie adaptation of a book has to be exact, but it should be close, and not ruin everything that builds up for what's supposed to be in the sequel.
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1:09AM on 01/30/2009
Speaking of Eragon, I actually really liked that movie. I thought it looked pretty stupid but ended up watching it one day because there was nothing else on. I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Dont getme wrong, it wasnt like unbelievably great but it was better than I expected and I really enjoyed it. You just gotta go into it not expecting too much and you see its not bad.
Speaking of Eragon, I actually really liked that movie. I thought it looked pretty stupid but ended up watching it one day because there was nothing else on. I was really surprised by how much I liked it. Dont getme wrong, it wasnt like unbelievably great but it was better than I expected and I really enjoyed it. You just gotta go into it not expecting too much and you see its not bad.
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6:40PM on 01/29/2009
Smart move by Fox to release the movie during the holidays and not the summer.
Smart move by Fox to release the movie during the holidays and not the summer.
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5:14PM on 01/29/2009
Love the two previous Narnia films. Definitely excited for Dawn Treader.
Love the two previous Narnia films. Definitely excited for Dawn Treader.
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3:09PM on 01/29/2009

ShotGunCharlie

LOL...re-read my post. So sad how poorly you understood it.

Anyway, with regard to the "literature" component of Lewis, who knows? Nobody I know read the books. Who cares about taste...I'm talking about appeal to ticket buyers. Taste means nothing next to open wallets.

Since I have read some of Lewis's other works though, I can tell you...his poor logic when defending Christianity makes him unreadable. I wouldn't pick up the Narnia series, after reading his other drivel.

Yawn on
LOL...re-read my post. So sad how poorly you understood it.

Anyway, with regard to the "literature" component of Lewis, who knows? Nobody I know read the books. Who cares about taste...I'm talking about appeal to ticket buyers. Taste means nothing next to open wallets.

Since I have read some of Lewis's other works though, I can tell you...his poor logic when defending Christianity makes him unreadable. I wouldn't pick up the Narnia series, after reading his other drivel.

Yawn on your silly post.
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2:15PM on 01/29/2009

Awsome

I was really hoping this franchise wouldn't just be left and forgotten about, I'm glad FOX stepped in to at least finish the trilogy, I loved the first film, the second was ok, so I'm hoping the third is at least as good as the first.

Wasn't Eragon supposed to be a trilogy? I remember the promos in the theaters saying something about "the first chapter of a trilogy" or something like that, but I'm glad Narnia will see one more chapter in it's franchise.
I was really hoping this franchise wouldn't just be left and forgotten about, I'm glad FOX stepped in to at least finish the trilogy, I loved the first film, the second was ok, so I'm hoping the third is at least as good as the first.

Wasn't Eragon supposed to be a trilogy? I remember the promos in the theaters saying something about "the first chapter of a trilogy" or something like that, but I'm glad Narnia will see one more chapter in it's franchise.
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2:13PM on 01/29/2009
Eragon was the worst book adaption ever.
Eragon was the worst book adaption ever.
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1:18PM on 01/29/2009
YES! I love the first two films!
YES! I love the first two films!
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1:15PM on 01/29/2009
Looking forward to Prince Caspian vs. Eragon (PCvE) in 2014.
Looking forward to Prince Caspian vs. Eragon (PCvE) in 2014.
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1:06PM on 01/29/2009
the second movie was

a. really bad

and

b. came out in the middle of a bunch of superior movies

hopefully they'll actually make a good film out of dawn treader and put it out at a non-retarded time of year. then perhaps people may be more inclined to go see it.
the second movie was

a. really bad

and

b. came out in the middle of a bunch of superior movies

hopefully they'll actually make a good film out of dawn treader and put it out at a non-retarded time of year. then perhaps people may be more inclined to go see it.
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1:04PM on 01/29/2009

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To Drexxell: Really? you know people who like fantasy and play D & D and they've never picked up Chronicles so therefore it must be bad? Since when do D & D players have good taste?
The book is fantastic & Lewis is right up there with Tolkein....why you would judge him based on whats "hip" to your lame Dungeons & Dragons friends is beyond me. Its about literature more so than movies...
Try to go against the flow...don't judge til you've read it. Seriously.
(By the way, I play World of
To Drexxell: Really? you know people who like fantasy and play D & D and they've never picked up Chronicles so therefore it must be bad? Since when do D & D players have good taste?
The book is fantastic & Lewis is right up there with Tolkein....why you would judge him based on whats "hip" to your lame Dungeons & Dragons friends is beyond me. Its about literature more so than movies...
Try to go against the flow...don't judge til you've read it. Seriously.
(By the way, I play World of Warcraft and that influences what fantasy movies I will watch in every way...you know...because I know ALL about fantasy ::hope you can sense the sarcasm::)

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone thinks fox will use the actors from Disney or they will recast all together...and what about the screenplay?! So much to find out! What do you guys think?
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12:01PM on 01/29/2009
It's too bad they put out a POS Eragon film, the book was quite good.
It's too bad they put out a POS Eragon film, the book was quite good.
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11:00AM on 01/29/2009
After the lord of the rings and harry potter series, these fantasy movies were some of my favorites (better then eregon , golden compass, etc). Hopefully fox won't diminish the quality of the films.
After the lord of the rings and harry potter series, these fantasy movies were some of my favorites (better then eregon , golden compass, etc). Hopefully fox won't diminish the quality of the films.
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10:08AM on 01/29/2009
I hope they adapt all seven books. On the other hand... this is Fox.
I hope they adapt all seven books. On the other hand... this is Fox.
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9:59AM on 01/29/2009
I always felt that had Prince Caspian been released as a holiday release, it would have made somewhere near $200 mil or better and Disney would still be producing Narnia 3.

That's my opinion and I'm stiking to it.
I always felt that had Prince Caspian been released as a holiday release, it would have made somewhere near $200 mil or better and Disney would still be producing Narnia 3.

That's my opinion and I'm stiking to it.
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9:49AM on 01/29/2009
I dunno...as a fairly deeply fantasy-immersed geek, I don't see this being a good gamble. I've known lots of D&D playing, fantasy-reading, movie-watching geeks in my life and not a single one had read the entire Narnia series. Excuses ranged from "boring" to "too preachy", but if you can't get the core geeks to even read the books, what makes you think you'll reap a significant profit on the movie?

The first movie has the advantage of having been an easy-to-watch, widely distributed
I dunno...as a fairly deeply fantasy-immersed geek, I don't see this being a good gamble. I've known lots of D&D playing, fantasy-reading, movie-watching geeks in my life and not a single one had read the entire Narnia series. Excuses ranged from "boring" to "too preachy", but if you can't get the core geeks to even read the books, what makes you think you'll reap a significant profit on the movie?

The first movie has the advantage of having been an easy-to-watch, widely distributed cartoon movie from the 70's. Most folks who didn't know the books at least knew that ONE movie. I'd be building my business model not around how well the first movie did, but around how piss-poor (relatively speaking) the second one did.
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9:07AM on 01/29/2009
Now you're actually doing something useful for once Fox...
Now you're actually doing something useful for once Fox...
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8:34AM on 01/29/2009
This is much better news...damn Disney. They'll realize in about three years how badly they screwed up. Just wait for the lawsuit.
This is much better news...damn Disney. They'll realize in about three years how badly they screwed up. Just wait for the lawsuit.
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