Oh my Aslan- this is awesome! So last month, Disney discontinued their involvement with the Narnia franchise, due to the high production costs, and relative disappointment of last year’s Prince Caspian. But don’t write out the Pevensie children just yet! The third installment of the popular franchise, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, has just found a new home at Fox 2000, and the studio is aiming for a release during the holiday season in 2010. According to THR:
Despite a couple of suitors, including Columbia, Walden only had eyes for Fox, with whom it partnered to market and distribute its fare under the Fox Walden banner after the first “Narnia” film.
I’m very excited about this! I think that the Narnia franchise has a tremendous amount of potential, both creatively and financially. I thought that The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe was charming, but I was disappointed in the muddled characterization and bland action of Prince Caspian. As far as the box office decline between the first and second films ($745 M vs $419 M worldwide), I attribute most of the blame to Disney, who was utterly lazy in their marketing. With the right advertising, I think Fox could move The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader back into the $200-$250 million range, domestically, and $500-$600 million worldwide.
Story wise, Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is infinitely more interesting than Prince Caspian, with sea monsters, dragons, and some dynamic new children, so I’m thrilled about the pick up from Fox. Now, let’s just hope they make a good movie! What about you? Are you as excited as I am for the next Narnia film?