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Thursday, January 29, 2009

FOX boards the "Dawn Treader"

Well it looks like the third film in the Narnia series will make it to the big screen after all. CNBC reports that FOX is partnering with Walden Media to produce the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third movie in the Narnia series. As you may recall, Disney decided not to continue a partnership with Walden Media after the second Narnia film, Prince Caspian, didn't do quite as well as the initial Narnia movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Bear in mind that Caspian still made a profit and was in no way a box office bust. It just didn't make as much as LWW did.

This is one mistake I hope comes back to bite Disney hard. Dropping the option on Dawn Treader really was dropping the ball. I'll be the first to admit the Prince Caspian storyline was a tough one to turn into an action movie, but Disney added a few scenes to bring more action to the story. Dawn Treader is full of action almost from the first moment. We will see a new character (Eustace Scrubb) and won't see Peter or Susan Pevensie, only Lucy.

No word yet on production timetables or a possible release date for Dawn Treader. It will be very interesting to see what happens to the current Prince Caspian attraction at DHS. I wonder what Disney will come up with next to fill that hole when they can no longer run the attraction (which I'm sure is coming pretty soon, with the dissolving of the partnership).

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