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"Chronicles of Narnia 3" Will Happen Without Disney

Posted: January 21st, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Chronicles of Narnia 3" Will Happen Without DisneySubmit Comment
It was recently reported that Disney would be abandoning "The Chronicles of Narnia" franchise after only two installments. The studio said that even though the first film brought in $750 million in worldwide ticket sales, the second one struggled to earn $420 million and it cost much more to make. If this pattern continues, the third film will be the most expensive out of the three and will bring in the least amount of money.

Seems logical, but LA Times decided to a closer look into the situation to make sure that there was nothing else that is keeping Disney from completing at least a "Chronicles of Narnia" trilogy.

According to the paper, "Prince Caspian" (second film) cost roughly $225 million with nearly $100 million spent on special effects. In addition, the studio spent as much as $175 million on worldwide marketing. So clearly, "Prince Caspian" did not turn out to be a winner for Disney.

On top of that, Walden Media topper Phil Anschutz has forced Disney to renegotiate Walden's contract after the first film became a big success. Anschutz insisted that Disney either gave back a sizable chunk of the studio's lucrative distribution fee or Anschutz would distribute the "Narnia" series on his own. Believing the franchise was too good to give up, Disney reluctantly changed the terms of its Walden deal, but the renegotiation poisoned relations between them. When the second film faltered, there was so little good-will left over that Disney had little motivation to hold on to the franchise.

According to the paper, Walden is moving ahead with "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (third installment), which will have a new director, Michael Apted, but will bring back much of the cast from the previous films. Since 20th Century Fox already markets and distributes certain projects under its Fox-Walden banner, it is believed that Fox will pick up the franchise. But if the studio passes, both Sony and Warner Bros have expressed strong interest in the project.

Click here to read more about "Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

Source: LA Times


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meanmonkey22 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 6:30:45 PM

This was my favorite book of the series. They better make it!
Spanza2 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 6:43:15 PM

YESSS SO LONG PG RATING!!!!
synthetic1985 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 6:50:06 PM

if it's money they wanna make...release it on a day where it doesn't have to compete with so many other big movies...come on....think statistics hollywood
dwight writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 6:53:44 PM

Michael Apted didn't he direct The World is not Enough one of best bond movies. with some damn good filmed action scenes. Anybody who says other that's yo bus in ess!! If its him or not doesn't matter. first Narnia good, second very good, third should be the best. All you people Who want post bad comments about Narnia.YOUR JUST A HATER MAN!!
dwight writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 6:58:57 PM

That's true Syn. Iron Man sucked a lot of Profit From Narnia.
synthetic1985 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 7:21:51 PM

thanks dwight....yea they should release it at least 2 or 3 weeks before another big movie competes with it...then they'll get their desired greenbacks...narnia is a great original story i think...as well as good movie[s]
synthetic1985 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 9:25:07 PM

oh man i totally missed that last paragraph...sony and warner bros should be given the opportunity...not 20th century fox...especially since they were whining like a bitch over the watchmen lol...anything but 20th century fox...i was even disappointed with star wars 3 revenge of the sith....i thought we'd all get to see darth vader kick some jedi ass in the darth vader suit...not just in human form...and not just fight obi won...oh well
Planetastudios writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 11:19:17 PM

It cost more money to release it on the bigger weekends , like holidays and etc.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on January 21st, 2009 at 11:39:01 PM

damnit! I was glad to hear it was over with, sh*t
bugmenot writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 12:23:19 AM

Not a fan, but I hope for those who are's sake, this property stays out of Fox's iron fist. They will not stop until we are all retarded, impotent, and addicted to garbage - much like the entire plot of the film Idiocracy.
minkowski writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 1:49:22 AM

They need to make the first one, 'The Magicians Nephew'. Why are they skipping around?
vineethchacko writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 2:19:34 AM

they are making them in publishing order and not the chronological order that we know of. If and when 'the magician's nephew' is made - it will be like a prequel. There are enough and more examples of such films around.
minkowski writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 2:45:32 AM

Yes, I'm aware of that. Still doesn't make sense. Sure, Harry Potter films are made in the order of publication, but Potter is a serial story that mirrors its publication order. These Narnia stories were put out a long time ago, so that's not a very good explanation. I think it stems from Disney and others choosing from the story set the books that make profitable film. I mean, sure you can do a prequel with The Magician's Nephew, but can they use the same well worn technique with 'A Boy and His Horse'? Nope. Not to mention the fact most fans don't care about or consider the publication order, and the fact the Narnia books are sold as a very popular single volume. Besides, there are no plans whatsoever that I've heard of any company picking up the last two books. Even if they do them fifteen years from now, the disparity between those future films and the films we know will break the continuity to everybody but the most die hard fans. And again how will they shoehorn 'A Horse and His Boy'? They can't, so the publication order isn't a good single explanation. An example is this: F. Paul Wilson has a series of books called Repairman Jack, a series that ends with a book called Nightworld. Nightworld was written a LONG time ago. The first RJ book is called the tomb, and all the books inbetween tell a very ordered chronological story with the Tomb as book one and Nightword as the last. They reference one another with respect to time. If Wilson's books were turned into films, would you start with The Tomb, or say Crisscross? Or would you start with Nightworld and make all other books 'prequels'? Now, in an idealist cinematic world, you'd start with the first book and turn all into films. In a more realistic world based on companies and money, if you're a company you skip the books that just don't work well as films and change the entire story arc around enough so that no one but the real fans notice, fans that won't complain because at least they're finally getting to see their favorite books onscreen. You COULD make Nighwaorld stand alone, and then do The Tomb as a prequel and then go from there, as I mentioned, but that isn't what's going on. Quite simply, the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe is the most famous, well known book, and so Disney, controlled by accountants and not artists or authors, decided with the first book. When the first one made some cash, they had already started down a particular path, so they foolishly chose the next in that order. So, yeah, perhaps was part, but only a part, of Disney's thinking, and none of it makes sense, unless you also consider what I mentioned. Even then, it sucks. They shouldn't have skipped 'A Horse and His Boy'. If all stories are aligned chronologically in the volume I mentioned, the films should follow in some manner by, at least, not skipping AHAHB.
minkowski writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 2:49:22 AM

Strange too, that The Hobbit came first in publication, yet is getting made almost as an afterthought, and only then because of the enormous success of LOTR. If LOTR had sank, Hobbit would've never seen a theater. I think this is because only the LOTR trilogy has any obvious salability. In the end, it's really all about money, once you get past all the superficial explanations.
minkowski writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 3:12:02 AM

Oh, and Disney passing may be really good for the series. If Fox, or WB or Sony pick up the rights, we may get to see more films than just the first three. Sounds like very good news to me.
Gunslinger writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 11:01:48 PM

This was my fave, too. (And for the love of God, shut up will you, ya windy sonofabitch.)
Gunslinger writes:
on January 22nd, 2009 at 11:03:30 PM

And, yeah, if they want to kill the franchise, they should make The Magician's Nephew next. That was the most boring one in the whole series.

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