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  • Narnia lives on at FOX

    Fox to develop 'Narnia' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

    One month after Disney decided to pull the plug on co-financing the third movie in Walden Media's "Chronicles of Narnia" series, Walden has found a new partner in 20th Century Fox.Fox, which was entitled to first crack at "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" after Disney dropped out because of the shared Fox Walden marketing and distribution label, has made a commitment to develop the project. The two sides are still working out budget and script issues, but the hope is to shoot the film at the end of summer for a holiday 2010 release through the Fox Walden label.
    Fox 2000 will spearhead development and production matters from the Fox front. Topper Elizabeth Gabler had pursued the "Narnia" franchise but was beaten out by Walden. The Century City studio seems to be an ideal fit for the "Narnia" books given that it's been looking for a family-friendly, lit-based franchise for years -- Fox 2000's "Eragon" failed to catch on with audiences and died after one installment.
    Fox and Walden will split production and P&A costs for "Dawn Treader," which is projected to go into production at a $140 million budget. That's considerably less than the $215 million or so spent on last year's "Prince Caspian," which was considered something of a box office disappointment as compared with the first "Narnia" pic, 2005's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" ($419 million vs. $745 million worldwide, respectively).
    Still, "Caspian," which is considered the least commercially appealing of the seven C.S. Lewis "Narnia" novels, ranked No. 10 in global box office performance last year. "Dawn Treader" is considered to be a more family film-friendly book, and the goal is to get back to the magical aspects present in the first "Narnia" pic but mostly absent from "Prince Caspian."
    Ultimately, Fox's commitment to the summer start date is contingent upon Walden's selection of a writer. Richard LaGravanese penned the most recent draft that both Walden and Fox were happy with, but there's a question about his availability because he has been adapting Sara Gruen's bestseller "Water for Elephants" for Fox 2000.
    After budget and script concerns are settled, Fox and Walden are expected to greenlight the film. The intention is to move the production away from Mexico, where, ironically, it was going to be shot at the Fox-owned Baja facility called Rosarito used for "Titanic" and "Master and Commander." "Dawn Treader" will instead likely shoot in Australia because of concerns for the drug violence and kidnappings that are taking place near Baja.
    Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley are reprising their roles as Caspian, Edmund and Lucy, respectively. New to the production is Will Poulter ("Son of Rambo"), who will portray Eustace Clarence Scrubb. Pic is being directed by Michael Apted, with Mark Johnson and Andrew Adamson producing.

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    I'm glad to hear this. I hope Dawn Treader does well and that they will continue with the other books also.
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      Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

      Originally posted by Wendygirl View Post
      I'm glad to hear this. I hope Dawn Treader does well and that they will continue with the other books also.
      It won't. FOX is the kiss of death. Aslan is going to be a giant cloud this time.

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        Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

        Originally posted by ManaByte View Post
        It won't. FOX is the kiss of death. Aslan is going to be a giant cloud this time.
        Oh ...
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          Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

          Wow. That was quick. May I was hoping that nobody would pick it up and Disney would eventually change their mind and do the third movie. :lol: I hope they do a good job with it. But I'm disappointed because this probably means no Narnia in the parks.

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            Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

            The Narnia presence in the park, was already non existent. I for one also feel that not all films need to be shoe horned into the park.

            Given that it's the same producers (Walden), and I presume most of the same people creating the film it should follow the theme and style of the first two films nicely, who knows it may even bring a new audience to the film without the Disney name at the front of the film.

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              Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

              Originally posted by ManaByte View Post
              It won't. FOX is the kiss of death. Aslan is going to be a giant cloud this time.
              Ya, look how they killed The Dark is Rising. Could've been another great series, and renaming it The Seeker? What the...? :blink:

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                Re: Narnia lives on at FOX

                nice Narnia... good one.. im a Narnia Fan and i was sad that the kids dont want to go to Narnia anymore.. are they going to be the actors here too?
                just do what you think...

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