Bad News For Chronicles Of Narnia Fans

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
January 5, 2009 9:36pm CST
Believe it or not, I haven't seen the second Chronicles of Narnia Movie, Prince Caspian, but I LOVED, loved, loved the first one The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. To my mind the director, Andrew Adamson is nothing short of a genius in how he transformed the book into movie format. I only just learned however two hiccups in the next movies to be made....number one, both Disney and Walden Media who financed the Narnia movies are bowing out in backing any further Narnia movies...why I don't know, seems dumb really since the first two movies were such bit hits for Disney/Walden. The worse news is that Andrew Adamson has bowed out of being the director, although he will be producer and instead the third movie will be directed by Michael Apted. Originally the third movie, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, was scheduled to be out sometime this year (May 2009), but with all the major changes won't be out until 2010. Here's a link about the third movie, which has further links about Disney/Walden pulling out of production and about a different director http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0980970/ (Warning: This is not a referral link, but a link to articles about the third Chronicles of Narnia movie} Okay...for those of you who are Narnia fans...what do you think about this? Personally I think it sucks..LOL. It seems every time a new director comes into the picture of any kind of sequel type of movie, the quality goes way down. As an example, I loved the first two Harry Potter movies as they were directed by Chris Columbus--but while the later movies were "okay" they just didn't have the same quality as the first two..heck even the music composer, John Williams is no longer the conductor of the soundtracks. And I'm scratching my head trying to figure out why Disney/Walden have bowed out from a goldmine of further Narnia movies
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I am a huge fan of The cronicles of Narnia. I also have not seen Prince Caspian. I Loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I home schooled my youngest son and we read The Cronicles of Narnia in our reading part of schooling. I read to him then he read to me. It has remained very special to both of us. When he left home he asked if he could taake the original boxed set with him. Of course I said yes and I saw it at his current home, proudly displayed and he will be 29 in April. I do not know or follow the producers, directors like you do. I just know what I like and leave it at that. I admire people that folow every aspect like you do. It's never been a big thing with me. I hope the 3rd movie, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader is as good as the first two. I am looking forward to seeing Prince Caspian.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Heehee...maybe I follow things like this since when I was younger I was involved with the acting world (studied drama/acting/scenic design) and did some directing myself while in college...LOL...didn't follow through on my aspirations though as my family did a big tado about it and against it. Oh, well. I'm hoping to see Prince Caspian soon...but yes, I loved the first movie. I have all seven books as well (hardcover editions) and must be at least 40 years old (oh am I ever dating myself..LOL)
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I am a little worried that this little delay for now could go on inevitably. What studio has picked it up? Any yet? I am not too concerned with the replacing of director, as the old director will still have a role. Do you know what Michael Apted has done lately? I honestly have never heard of him. I hope the movies keep coming. I loved both of the other ones so far.
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@BarBaraPrz (19799)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Jan 09
Well, he's very well known in Britain, both in TV and film. Some American films he's directed are: Coal Miner's Daughter, Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist... Oh, and the 1999 James Bond film, The World is Not Enough.
@Pleiades (847)
• United States
6 Jan 09
With Disney in the mix, does it surprise you? I mean, look at Disney's current and some of the past list of movies they've made...each and everyone has dealt with something immoral in one way or another. They even have an open days. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has too much Christianity involved for their liking and they can't have that on their plate. Too bad story lines like that are so unpopular...the world would be a better place if they were.*Pleiades
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@BarBaraPrz (19799)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Jan 09
That may be it...
@Keola12 (717)
• United States
6 Jan 09
That is a huge disappointment for Disney/Walden Media not to be making any more movies from the Chronicles of Narnia book series. I enjoyed all seven books in the series. I have not seen the Prince Caspian movie yet, but I do plan to go out an buy it when I get the opportunity to do so. I have however seen The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe movie. I just loved it, in that it has such beautiful biblical symbolism. The entire movie was most spiritual. I like the lullaby song that Mr. Tumlus plays of the flute. I love the rest of the music in the movie as well, as I do own the soundtrack of to the movie and listen to it over and over again. I just can't get enough of this music. I also own the movie the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
6 Jan 09
I thought it was because of the Economy that things changed to make them decide this..but could be wrong.. I loved so far the whole book and the 2 movies so no matter who does it or what it will never be like just reading and living it
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@opinder (423)
• India
6 Jan 09
I have seen both the movies and simply loved them!! But honestly, I feel the first one was much better than the second. it is sad that the two titans have chosen not to support the next venture. But let's keep our fingers crossed......the third might turn out better than we expect it to be. I feel the heavy production cost takes a tol even on the biggest financers.....and no one makes a movies to end up in losses.
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I have both the first and second Narnia movies but I haven't had a chance to watch the Prince Caspian one yet, hopefully tonight I can finally watch it! I do love the first movie though. But I heard the sad news 3 days ago about Disney not wanting anything to do with making the 3rd Narnia movie,I heard that the 2nd Narnia movie didn't make as much as the first movie. It might have something to do with lot of $$$$. I noticed that if Disney don't own the total rights to something they probably won't invest too much time and effort into another project they don't totally own, similar to the Toy Story movies, they made 2 of them with Pixar then the 3rd movie still may or maynot happen.. Disney and Pixar I heard don't get along too well sometimes.. Perhaps there is some type of drama going on with Walden Media & Disney about the 3rd Narnia movie, that's why it isn't happening .. I'm sure we will get the scoop soon about what is really going on.. But it is sad news about the 3rd movie because you know somebody else will pick it up, but I'm wondering and kinda doubting if the 3rd will have the same beautiful quality and feeling the first movie had .. Those are some big shoes to fill.
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@Tricia31 (22)
• United States
6 Jan 09
This really blows. I have seen both of these movie and love them. I find it hard to believe that Disney would back out on this type of movie. This series creates a great movies that are available for families young and old to watch and enjoy. My children loved the first two and were really looking forward to the third. I hope that things change and Disney will decide to back it, but if not I wonder how the third one will turn out.
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I hope whoever works on it doesnt trash it. The first movie was ok in my book. I mean I liked it but for me it lacked the wow factor. However Prince Caspian was awesome! I liked it much better. Watch it as soon as you can.
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• United States
6 Jan 09
Could it be a fight of who gets the bigger piece of the pie? Or it could be a fight or creative differences. You know it just may be that they could not get everyone's schedule coordinated.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Disney is going to lose a lot since they are pulling out of the Chronicles of Narnia series. I know the the director may be pulling out as well but sometimes a new insight into a movie can help. I just can't believe what went through disney's mind to pull out of a goldmine like The Chronicles of Narnia.
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@katemeow (848)
• Singapore
6 Jan 09
i love the chronicles of narnia movies - i have yet to read the 7 books though I am really wondering as well why Disney/Walden would pull out from this big project... maybe something has gone bad with their business deal. Anyway, I really hope that the new director will keep the same quality for the next movies and try to make them as magical as the first two.
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@ElicBxn (60874)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Apparently Prince Caspian didn't make as much money as they wanted/expected. I didn't see either in the theater, but recently got the 2nd movie and watched it. It was good, but once again was mindful of the big fight at the end of the first. A lot of money and CGI in that and might be scaring off the big 2 if the next one is as down from the 2nd as the 2nd was the first, it'd lose money.
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@savak03 (6681)
• United States
8 Jan 09
That is indeed bad news. I haven't seen the second one yet either but I am looking forward to it. There is no reasoning sometime why people with money and power do the things they do. I guess they feel that they have nothing more to gain by completing the sequels.
• United States
8 Jan 09
man..i was waiting for dawn treader too.. it does seem kind of stupid to pull out on #2.. i guess they have to save the money to make yet another sequel to a movie someone's forgot about.
@KrauseHome (35035)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Personally, I Love the first one. I have not seen the 2nd one yet either, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why Disney backed out on it as well. I just hope as you do that the new company taking over these will still be able to continue to do the Books justice, and not have them die by the wayside instead. I Loved the books when I was growing up, so I was Happy to see them come to life in Movies, and now this.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
7 Jan 09
Hi pyewacket! I loved the first Narnia movie; unfortunately, I haven't watched the second one yet but will do as the first opportunity arises. Yes, that is too bad for the Narnia fans if the director will be changed. I am pretty sure that the new director will have a different view in approaching and transforming the book into a movie format. It will be entirely different from the approach of the former director although there is the book to guide him. I just hope that somehow he will pull it off. Take care always. lovelots..faith210
@healer (1783)
• India
6 Jan 09
I have watched both the sequel and i liked the first one most anyway i agree with you on the point that changing of directors is really not appreciated as everyone tries to divert the sequel and that's how the original taste of the sequel gets lost. And i guess the new sequel will be completely different, we cannot say so lets hope for the best.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
6 Jan 09
i have seen the Narnia and we have dvd but never heared the second part
6 Jan 09
Hi pye, Its the same old story pardon my pun, but it has always the same when movies are so good and hitting the box office then they suddenly change directors and producers, then it all goes down hill as the movies aren't good as they used to be and not worth watching. Bright Blessings. Tamara