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[26.12.2008] Wie THR.com meldet, steigt Disney aus... Einen 3. Teil wird es demnach entweder gar nicht oder bei einer anderen Produktionsfirma geben...
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will have to sail without Disney.
While declining to elaborate, Disney and Walden Media confirmed Tuesday that for budgetary and logistical reasons the Burbank-based studio is not exercising its option to co-produce and co-finance the next "Narnia" movie with Walden.
The third entry in the series, based on the classic books by C.S. Lewis, was in preproduction and set for a spring shoot for a planned May 2010 release. The development puts the participation of the talent attached in doubt. Michael Apted was on board to direct a script by Steven Knight. The key players of the second installment, "Prince Caspian" -- Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell -- were to return for the third film.
Walden has a strong relationship with the Lewis estate and will shop "Treader" in hopes of finding a new partner. The most likely candidate at this stage is Fox, which markets and distributes Walden fare under the Fox Walden banner.
Any partnership on a "Narnia" movie will require a substantial investment. "Caspian," which filmed in the Czech Republic, Mexico and New Zealand, cost $200 million. The first film, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," was shot mostly in New Zealand for $180 million.
It is rare for a studio to pull out of a planned trilogy in midstream, but the number-crunching showed a franchise on a downward trend. "Lion" roared to $292 million domestically and another $453 million internationally in 2005. This year, "Prince Caspian" grossed a healthy $141 million in North America and another $278 million internationally, but that was well off the "Lion" take.
Further challenging "Treader" may be a waning of the pricey children's fantasy genre. When the "Harry Potter" series topped the book charts and then filled movie theaters, studios began snapping up fantasy manuscripts as quickly as they could. When "The Lord of the Rings" showed it was possible for adults to enjoy the fare as well -- and produced the boxoffice results to prove it -- Hollywood's fascination with the genre intensified.
But no other fantasy adventure films have shown that kind of boxoffice punch. Earlier this year, Warners and New Line hoped they were launching a franchise with "The Golden Compass," but the adaptation of the Philip Pullman trilogy tanked domestically.
The film grossed just $70 million domestically and the co-production partners declined to go forward with a second installment despite the fact the film did take in more than $300 million overseas.


[04.12.2008] Heute erscheint "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Prinz Kaspian von Narnia" auf DVD & Blu-ray Disc...

[28.11.2008] Latino Review plauderte mit Howard Berger über die Kreaturen in "Prinz Kaspian"... Und im FilmChat Blog gibt es Artwork zu "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"...

[15.11.2008] CS! meldet...
On Friday, Walden Media announced that Co-CEO and co-founder Cary Granat was exiting the company. One thing we noticed in the press release, however, was that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has not yet gotten the green light:
Cary Granat, Co-CEO and co-founder of Walden Media, will transition from his Walden position to a consultant for the company effective December 1. Granat will be Walden's creative consultant on the third installment in "The Chronicles of Narnia" franchise - "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"- which the company hopes to greenlight soon. He will also provide consulting services for an initiative with AEG Live, the concert and promotion company owned by Phil Anschutz who also owns Walden.
"This was a mutual decision," said David Weil, CEO of Anschutz Film Group, Walden’s parent company. "Cary and we both felt this was the right way to formalize the change in the company's creative direction that will now be overseen by Michael Bostick who was brought in as Co-CEO of Walden earlier this year. We all owe Cary a great debt of gratitude for co-founding the company and guiding the Walden brand to its preeminent place in family entertainment today."
"I'm extremely proud of what we've accomplished in my seven years at Walden. We have been very fortunate, with the unparalleled support of Phil Anschutz, David Weil and the entire team here to create family entertainment that will last for generations. It's time for me to hit the recharge button and take on a new challenge, but I'll always look back fondly on my time at Walden."
Granat will not be replaced and his responsibilities at Walden will now be handled by Weil and Bostick. Granat expects to announce additional future plans shortly.
Disney was targeting a May 7, 2010 release date for the third installment.


[31.07.2008] Heute kommt "Prinz Kaspian von Narnia" in die deutschen Kinos...

[21.06.2008] DailyMail.co.uk meldet...
Will Poulter, who has been cast as pain-in-the-butt Eustace Scrubb, the Pevensie children's cousin, in the next Narnia adventure to go before the cameras - The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader - which Michael Apted will direct.
Awful things happen to Eustace in this tale, but he learns. Will played Lee Carter, the scamp schoolboy in the film Son Of Rambow.
In fact, when I interviewed Will a few months ago I thought he'd be one holy terror, but he's a very likeable 14-year-old Londoner, and I was struck by his perfect manners.
In Voyage Of The Dawn Treader he'll join Ben Barnes, as Prince Caspian, and Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley, as Edmund and Lucy. Peter and Susan don't feature in this story - at least not in the one C.S Lewis wrote. [...]


[09.06.2008] THR.com berichtet über die Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Buoyed by No. 1 openings in eight territories, "Caspian" bounced up 12% from last weekend, recording $20.3 million from about 5,500 screens in 28 markets and hiking its international gross total past the $100 million mark to $102.2 million.
The biggest of the debuts was Australia, where the tally was $3.8 million from 265 sites for a lusty $14,340 per-screen average. "Caspian's" China bow provided $3.2 million from 500 screens, 40% more than the comparable gross in the market for 2005's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
"Caspian," which so far has not played in major European markets, has rolled up a worldwide total of $227 million. [..]


[29.05.2008] THR.com meldet...
Disney CEO Robert Iger said Wednesday that "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" isn't performing as well as expected because its May 16 release date was too competitive.
It's an interesting thesis, considering Disney purposely moved the film to that date and, in doing so, turned the seemingly natural Christmas franchise -- the first installment featured a cameo from Santa Claus -- into a springtime experience.
Disney originally had "Caspian" set for the 2007 Christmas season but made the change in deference to "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep," a fantasy vying for the same audience.
Disney might also have been taking into account the feelings of Walden Media, its production partner on "Narnia" and the production company behind "Water Horse," which was distributed by Sony. That film earned $102.6 million worldwide at the boxoffice.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" scored $744.8 million worldwide as a Christmas release in 2006.
Iger, speaking at the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, said "Prince Caspian" is a better movie than the first installment but because it was released between a couple of the year's biggest hits, audiences are overlooking it.
"Prince Caspian" was released May 16, less than two weeks after "Iron Man" and just six days before "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." It has grossed $151 million worldwide so far.
Iger lamented the "very delicate, very fragile marketplace" for movies in general, given that "there's just too much out there."
As of now, the next movie in the "Narnia" series is set for release May 7, 2010.


[28.05.2008] CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] In second place, Disney/Walden's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian added $28.6 million over the four-day weekend, pushing its two-week total to $96.7 million. Internationally, the sequel has earned $49 million so far, bringing its worldwide total to $145.7 million. The follow-up was reportedly made for around $200 million. [...]

[25.05.2008] Bei play3.de gibt es zahlreiche Screenshots aus dem kommenden "Prince Caspian"-Videospiel...

[20.05.2008] Die Walt Disney Studios melden...
[...] mit einem Einspielergebnis von 56 Millionen Dollar hat das Abenteuer-Spektakel DIE CHRONIKEN VON NARNIA: PRINZ KASPIAN VON NARNIA am vergangenen Wochenende souverän die Spitze der US-Charts erklommen.
Die erste Verfilmung der Bestseller-Reihe von C.S. Lewis, DIE CHRONIKEN VON NARNIA: DER KÖNIG VON NARNIA, war mit einem weltweiten Einspielergebnis von über 745 Millionen Dollar nicht nur einer der größten Erfolge in der Geschichte der Walt Disney Studios, sondern zugleich einer der erfolgreichsten Filme aller Zeiten. In Deutschland begeisterten sich fast 4 Millionen Besucher für das Fantasy-Abenteuer.
In Deutschland erwacht die zeitlose Fantasy Welt von C. S. Lewis am 31. Juli erneut zum Leben. [...]


[19.05.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty...
[...] didn’t go crazy for this film, but I think it is a nice addition to the NARNIA series, and I am curious to see how they handle the next one, VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, considered by fans to be one of the best books in the series. The change of director means that, no matter what, we’ll see a different approach next time, but within the same world. For now, I’m actually glad I took this return trip to Narnia [...]

[18.05.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...
[...] it’s definitely a step up from the first film and I count myself surprised that I liked as much as I did.
If you dug the first flick, then you’ll like this one. If you didn’t, you might find more to like here, but it’s not all that removed from the first. [...]


[16.05.2008] Bei AICN gibt es einen Setbericht von Capone...

[13.05.2008] Bei CS! gibt es ein Video-Interview mit dem Regisseur Andrew Adamson...

[09.05.2008] Bei IESB gibt es mehrere "Prince Caspian"-Filmclips... Und CS! sprach mit dem Produzenten Mark Johnson...

[07.05.2008] Bei CS! gibt es neue "Prince Caspian"-Bilder...

[03.05.2008] Bei AICN gibt es eine enttäuschende Kritik zu "Prince Caspian"...

[30.04.2008] Bei BadTaste.it gibt es neue "Prince Caspian"-Poster...

[24.04.2008] Die Agentur Indigo Pearl meldet...
Fans der Chroniken von Narnia werden zwei einzigartige Filmszenen auf nur eine Weise erleben können - auf ihren Videospielkonsolen oder ihrem PC. Disney Interactive Studios gab heute bekannt, dass exklusiv für Disney/Walden Medias Videospiel Die Chroniken von Narnia: Prinz Kaspian von Narnia zwei Filmsequenzen gedreht wurden, die nicht im Film zu sehen sein werden. Diese exklusiven Szenen verbinden die Geschichten von Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia und Prinz Kaspian dadurch, dass Dr. Cornelius (Vincent Grass), Prinz Kaspian (Ben Barnes) die Geschichte erzählt, wie Narnia vor Hunderten von Jahren an die Telmarer fiel.
Diese Szenen wurden am Original-Filmset in Prag während der Dreharbeiten aufgenommen. In ihren Dialogen wird eine Handlung präsentiert, die auf den Ereignissen des Spiels, des Films und des Buches basiert. Die exklusiven Sequenzen entstanden unter Leitung von Andrew Adamson, dem Regisseur des Films. Die beiden Filmszenen gehören zu 18 Live-Action-Sequenzen im Spiel - darunter auch 16 Ausschnitte aus dem Film. [...]


[23.04.2008] Ein neuer "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Prinz Kaspian" Trailer ist online !!!

[20.04.2008] CS! berichtet über die NY Comic-Con...
[...] Mark Johnson, the producer of Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and he told us that director Michael Apted is currently scouting locations in New Zealand for the upcoming 3-quel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with plans to start shooting in October.
They won't necessarily be returning to Andrew Adamson's home country for the third movie though as Johnson told us that they'd be shooting two-thirds of the movie in Rosarito, Mexico at a huge water tank where James Cameron shot Titanic and where they shot Master and Commander. They say that the rest of the production could be in any number of difference places, which they'll figure out once they've finished scouting locations. [...]


[05.04.2008] Quint von AICN hatte die Möglichkeit rund 45 Minuten aus dem Sequel zu begutachten...
[...] I liked the tone and the more challenging ideas floated in the story. I like that there are real, heavy consequences to the decisions the kids make. The little boy in me loves seeing these young teens and CG creatures wantonly killing hundreds of soldiers. Only in a fantasy movie can kids kill adults and it still be perfectly okay. I liked the look of the creatures, who were more detailed and natural looking, specifically the minotaurs. The Dink is also awesome, adding a real level of class to the film. He definitely doesn’t phone in his performance and his cynical smart-ass character is a good addition to the sickly-sweet world of Narnia.
The only real drawback I got from the footage was the lack of growth in the acting in the Pevensies and the standard performance from Ben Barnes as Caspian. They all have a natural charisma, so it’s not painful, but I did notice some weak performances in the footage. Maybe it’ll smooth out in context in the final product.
Fans of the first one will like this flick, I think, and it’ll also earn new fans thanks to its more adult content and better level of effects quality. [...]


[26.03.2008] Bei GT gibt es einen neuen Trailer zum kommenden "Prince Caspian"-Videospiel...

[21.03.2008] Mehrere "Prince Caspian" TV-Spots sind online...

[19.03.2008] Wie Jim Hill meldet, besteht die Möglichkeit, dass Disney nicht alle "Narnia"-Bücher verfilmen wird...
[...] From what I've heard, studio suits seem to be cooling to the idea of producing movie versions of all seven of C.S. Lewis's "Narnia" books. And unless "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" does truly huge box office once it's released to theaters in May of this year ... Disney & Walden Media (i.e. Mickey's partner on the "Narnia" film series) will probably still go forward with production of the already-in-development "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." But after that ... The Mouse would then mostly likely pull the plug on the rest of the proposed "Narnia" film series. [...]

[15.03.2008] Bei AICN gibt es einen ausführlichen "Prince Caspian"-Setbericht von Moriarty...
[...] These filmmakers were already deep into the prep for the next film, already cutting sequences as they shot, always moving towards the next set-up. It seems to me that they are in the NARNIA business in a big way, and that they have a very strong idea of how they want these films to look and feel. That’s got to be encouraging for fans of the novels.
Me, I’m just happy to see that they didn’t decide to imitate the first film ad infinitum, but that they are instead dedicated to pushing themselves and trying to make each film special and different. [...]


[05.03.2008] Bei SpoilerTV gibt es einen Schwung neuer "Prince Caspian"-Bilder...

[02.03.2008] Ein "Prince Caspian" Behind the Scenes Clip ist online...

[25.02.2008] Quint von AICN berichtet über das "Prince Caspian"-Panel auf der WonderCon...
[...] Weta is doing miniature and VFX work as well as a VFX company in London.
VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is already moving forward and they’ll do all 7 books if the Box Office stays strong.
The footage they showed had no dialog, only music over images. There were some really incomplete effects, ranging from animatic Reepicheep slashing bad guys and tying up cats to green-legged centaurs. There was also part of the mano-a-mano sword fight between Peter and King Miraz, the evil ruler of the Telmarines who have taken over Narnia while the Pevensies have been away (one year passes for them and it’s well over a thousand years in Narnia).
I’ll have much more detail on this next week... I was shown at least 45 minutes of the movie, so I’ll be able to spill a bit more then. I’ll just say that I wasn’t that keen on the first NARNIA, but this one has a darkness to it that I quite enjoy. I like that Berger, Andrew Adamson and co. have made the world feel a little more used and lived in. [...]


[16.02.2008] Bei CS! gibt es Infos und Screenshots zum kommenden "Prince Caspian"-Videospiel...

[03.02.2008] Bei IESB gibt es den "Prince Caspian" Super-Bowl TV-Spot...

[01.02.2008] Bei AICN kann man das neue "Prince Caspian"-Poster bestaunen...

[27.01.2008] Bei NarniaWeb.com kann man einen Blick auf Reepicheep werfen...

[22.01.2008] Bei USA Today gibt es neue Bilder aus "Prince Caspian"...

[15.12.2007] Die Offizielle "Prince Caspian" Website hat ihre Pforten geöffnet...

[05.12.2007] Der erste "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" Trailer ist online !!!

[29.11.2007] Bei NarniaWeb gibt es eine Beschreibung des "Prince Caspian"-Trailers...

[19.10.2007] Bei CS! gibt es mehrere Interviews zu "Prince Caspian"...

[08.10.2007] Variety.com sprach mit Cary Granat von Walden Media...
[...] Hopes are highest for "Prince Caspian," which will cost at least $100 million. Granat promises that the battle-filled sequel is easily distinguishable from its predecessor and the third pic on the sked, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
Walden and Disney recently shifted the release date for "Dawn Treader" from 2009 to 2010 due to the schedules of the young actors. The shift will also avoid a conflict of having to promote the second film and shoot the third at the same time.
Producers had announced at Comic-Con in July that auds could expect one "Narnia" installment each May for the next few years. Granat is committing publicly to only four or five, saying that "Silver Chair" might be the best bet for the fourth, followed by "Magician's Nephew," but he admits that there are a multitude of possibilities.
"There are a lot of stories to be taken from the seven books," he notes. [...]


[25.09.2007] Bei AICN gibt es Artwork der Kreaturen aus "Prince Kaspian"...

[19.09.2007] CS! meldet...
Walt Disney Pictures has pushed back The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from May 1, 2009 to May 7, 2010. [...]

[04.09.2007] Bei Narnia-Chroniken.de gibt es sehenswerte Bilder und Videoclips von den "Prince Caspian"-Dreharbeiten im slowenischen Bovec... Vorsicht SPOILER !!! Und bei CS! gibt es einen Setbericht...

[15.07.2007] Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es mehrere E3 2007 Videos zum kommenden Videospiel "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"...

[20.06.2007] CS! meldet...
Disney and Walden Media made it official on Tuesday that Michael Apted will direct The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and ComingSoon.net caught up with Apted who shared a few words with us about the announcement.
"I'm thrilled to be asked to make the film. It's something new and a great challenge," said Apted about taking on the project. Mark Johnson will produce along with Andrew Adamson, who directed the first "Narnia" and is currently directing the second installment. Returning cast members for the third film include Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes.
Filming on "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will begin in January for a May 1, 2009 release. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian opens on May 16, 2008.
The first installment, "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" earned $738 million worldwide.
Apted's credits include The World Is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist, Coal Miner's Daughter and Amazing Grace.


[16.06.2007] Die Offizielle Website ruft zu einem "Fan Art Contest" auf...

[06.05.2007] Der aktuelle Eintrag im Offiziellen "Prince Caspian" Blog widmet sich dieses Mal der Story des Sequels...

[21.04.2007] Der Offizielle "Prince Caspian" Blog bietet einen neuen Eintrag: Howard Berger widmet sich den Kreaturen Narnias...

[18.04.2007] Harry von AICN weiss, wer beim dritten "Narnia"-Film Regie führen wird...
[...] We all heard that Andrew Adamson was vying out of the directing duties on DAWN TREADER, the third Narnia film... He's still going to produce the film, but a new director was needed. Mrs. Beaver came directly to me to share the scoop.
The director of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is... MICHAEL APTED!!! [...]


[13.04.2007] Der Offizielle "Prince Caspian" Blog bietet erste Videoaufnahmen von den Dreharbeiten...

[15.03.2007] CS! meldet...
Italian actor-direct Sergio Castellitto has been cast as King Miraz in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which is currently filming in New Zealand.
Also, Mexian actor Damián Alcázar will play Lord Sopespian, one of the two leaders of Miraz's Telmarine troops.
Castellitto has won three David di Donatello Awards in his native Italy, and has been nominated an additional four times. He has won critical acclaim for past films such as Don't Move, Mostly Martha, and The Big Blue, and most recently lent his voice for Arthur and the Invisibles. [...]


[10.03.2007] Bei NarniaWeb gibt es Bilder vom "Prince Caspian"-Set in Neuseeland...

[02.03.2007] Bei CS! gibt es "Prince Caspian" Title-Artwork...

[27.02.2007] Bei Narnia-Chroniken.de gibt es ein paar Bilder vom "Prince Caspian"-Set...

[25.02.2007] CS! meldet...
Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino has been cast as Gen. Glozelle, the leader of Miraz' Telmarine troops, in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Favino recently played Christopher Columbus in Night at the Museum.
Pierfrancesco Favino was born in Rome, Italy in 1971 and has played roles in a number of European films. In 2006 he received a Donatello, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar, for his role in Romanzo Criminale. [...]


[17.02.2007] CS! berichtet über den Beginn der "Prince Caspian"-Dreharbeiten...

[08.02.2007] CS! meldet...
[...] Warwick Davis has been cast as Nikabrik, the Black Dwarf in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Davis adds "Narnia" to an impressive list of fantasy-adventure films, including roles in the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" movies. [...]

[07.02.2007] CS! meldet...
[...] Peter Dinklage will play Trumpkin the Dwarf and Vincent Grass has been cast as Doctor Cornelius, Prince Casplan's mentor. [...]

[06.02.2007] NZHerald.co.nz berichtet über die anstehenden Dreharbeiten in Neuseeland... Und CS! meldet, dass Alicia Borrachero die Rolle der Prunaprismia (Frau von General Miraz) übernehmen wird...

[05.02.2007] CS! meldet...
UK's Times Online has published an interesting article saying that Ben Barnes, who played Dakin in the National Theatre's "The History Boys," has landed the title role in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Problem is, it seems the National Theatre is not too happy about it:
A spokesperson for the National Theatre said yesterday: "Ben Barnes has decided to leave The History Boys early, before his contract is finished. It is something we are taking very seriously. He has accepted an offer to be in a children's Disney film and we have had to fly Jamie King back at extremely short notice this week."
Jamie King is replacing Barnes in the production. Another source told the newspaper that Barnes has signed a three-picture deal with Disney for the "Narnia" franchise.


[04.02.2007] CS! meldet...
Infuze Magazine talked to Walden Media's Bob Beltz about the status of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which will start principal photography this month.
Asked for an update and whether the script is sticking closely to the book, Beltz said, "It's pretty close. Andrew Adamson is gonna direct again. Most of the same crew is working on this one. Mark Johnson will produce again. A lot of the cast and crew will be the same. Now, I don't think that will the case for all seven. I don't think Andrew Adamson wants to spend the rest of his life on this one series. But the script... let me put it this way: All of the elements from the book are present. It's not as easy of a book to adapt as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was simply because it has a little bit of a different structure and Andrew wanted to rearrange some of the elements for dramatic effect. But everything that is in the book will be in the film."
He also addressed the fact that the children have grown up from when they shot the first film. "We're actually using the same four kids and I know that three of them actually look almost the same as they did. Skandar [Keynes] who played Edmund has grown about seven inches and looks like a full blown adolescent now. In the Lewis story, there's only a year that has taken place between the first and second book and I think that will just get left a little open ended. The big challenge is going to be Edmund I think."
Beltz said the next book they will take on after "Prince Caspian" is "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."We're going to try and film the next two in a way that it won't have to be two and a half years between them. We'll be able to bring them out sequentially a year apart."
He explained a bit more. "The way I understand it is that it takes six months to do the live photography on 'Caspian' and then a full year of post-production with all of the effects and computer generated things that have to get done. In theory, what we'll do is as soon as they are done filming 'Caspian' and into post-production, then we'll have a new crew to do the filming part of 'Dawn Treader.' Then when that one goes into post-production, we're hoping to go into 'The Silver Chair,' which would be the next book into production." [...]


[11.12.2006] CS! meldet...
Disney and Walden Media will shoot The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian at U.K.'s Pinewood Studios starting February and has debunked a previous report that said the sequel would return to New Zealand. The Times reports:
Prince Caspian, the next film in the Narnia series, is set to be made at Britain's Pinewood Studios. Andy Bird, the president of Walt Disney International, told an audience of television executives on Thursday that shooting would begin in February and that post-production would also take place in Britain.
Prince Caspian's backers had considered New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland as alternative locations for the film, although the story is set initially in wartime Britain, before the four Pevensie children return to Narnia a thousand years after the events in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. [...]


[06.12.2006] NarniaFans sprach mit Douglas Gresham, u.a. über die "Prinz Kaspian"-Verfilmung...
NarniaFans.com: [...] At what stage is Prince Caspian right now?
Douglas Gresham:
We are pretty well advanced in pre-production with most conceptual realisation about done and a lot of pre-vis animatic being done. Location choices are about settled. Set design is under way and casting is well advanced; in other words we are pretty sure what the movie will look like.
NarniaFans.com: When will you find out who is playing Caspian?
Douglas Gresham:
Well that is very hard to estimate, but we are down to a pretty short list now I am told. I am off to Prague tomorrow to attend some meetings at which this question will be further addressed. [...]


[24.11.2006] NarniaWeb meldet...
[...] we can confirm that Prince Caspian, code-named "Toastie" (we kid you not), will be shot in Auckland, New Zealand during February and March 2007. This will be followed by a heftier four months of production in Prague, Czech Republic. [...]

[27.10.2006] TheHooK zitiert mit William Moseley aka Peter...
[...] "We're going to shoot in January, and that's going ahead," Moseley says, and shooting is slated to continue through the summer. "I haven't seen a completed script yet," he says. "They're keeping it really hush-hush. Whether it's even finished, I don't know." After achieving notoriety as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's valiant hero, Moseley says that much as he enjoyed his heroic role, he hopes to play more morally ambiguous characters in the future. [...]

[07.07.2006] CS! zitiert Anna Popplewell aka Susan Pevensie...
[...] "I am usually the last to know about these things but I know the producers are scouting for locations at the moment," Popplewell said.
"I've been told we should be starting shooting at the beginning of next year. As far as the children go, I think all the old faces will be back. We're all keen to do 'Caspian' anyway."
She also wants to try and get a namecheck for her hometown London 'burb - Finchley - in the film after managing to squeeze it in the first time around.
Anna revealed: "I really want to, I really do. I was so pleased to get it in and was over the moon when it made the final cut."
Disney is targeting a summer 2008 release for the "Narnia" sequel.


[17.05.2006] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Walt Disney Pictures' follow-up to Andrew Adamson's blockbuster "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has been moved off the Christmas 2007 release schedule to summer 2008. Disney rescheduled "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" hours after Columbia Pictures circulated an announcement Tuesday staking a claim on December 8, 2007 for the domestic release of its new fantasy fable "The Water Horse." Columbia's similarly themed fantasy fable aimed at family audiences pre-empted by one week Disney's "Prince Caspian," which had been slated for December 14, 2007. Both sweeping epics are produced by Walden Media and when left to open one week apart were perfectly poised to cannibalize one another's 2007 Christmas boxoffice. The perceived threat to its family audience during the frame was enough to make Disney blink.

[25.04.2006] DH berichtet über die kommenden Fortsetzungen...
Entertainment Weekly this week published an article outlining Walden Media's plans for the future of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series of films and its surprising what's in store.
First up, its certain that the fourth book "Prince Caspian" will be the next adventure. Despite its shorter length than 'Wardrobe', there's no plans to fuse elements from the other novels into it. Producer Mark Johnson confirms that adapting the story is proving tougher than 'Wardrobe' and it now looks like the film could be pushed back a year to Xmas 2008 due to visual effects demands.
The fifth and sixth books, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Silver Chair", will be done next with the studio planning to use Caspian and these two as "an interlocking trilogy that will be shot in that order".
What about the other three books though? No word on if the studio plans to do any of them, though most likely the first novel "The Magician's Nephew" will be the first post-trilogy project.


[13.04.2006] Heute erscheint "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia" als Einzel- und Doppel-DVD...

[07.04.2006] USA Today sprach mit den Jungdarstellern über "Prince Caspian"...

[14.03.2006] Blickpunkt:Film berichtet über die internationalen Einspielergebnisse von "Der König von Narnia"...
[...] Nach einem Wochenendeinspiel von acht Mio. Dollar, steht der Film nun insgesamt außerhalb Nordamerikas bei 401,2 Mio. Dollar. An diesem Wochenende profitierte "Narnia" wie schon am vergangenen von seinem Asieneinspiel. So erreichte der Film in China mit 2,3 Mio. Dollar laut "Hollywood Reporter" das gleiche Startergebnis wie "Pearl Harbor", der zweiterfolgreichste Film in China aller Zeiten, im Jahr 2001. In Japan konnte "Narnia" mit einem Einspiel von 5,1 Mio. Dollar die Spitzenposition der Charts halten. [...]

[06.03.2005] "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia" wurde bei der diesjährigen Oscar-Verleihung mit einem Oscar in der Kategorie "Bestes Makeup" belohnt...

[18.02.2006] SciFi.com berichtet über die Fortsetzung...
Dean Wright, the Oscar-nominated visual-effects supervisor for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, told SCI FI Wire that he and his colleagues are already looking ahead to the sequel, Prince Caspian, but with the same guiding principle. "Realism," Wright said in an interview at a brunch to celebrate Narnia's F/X Oscar nominations. "Make the characters look real. Make them feel real. Make their acting [real]. ... Make the moments memorable, and create a heck of a movie."
Wright also revealed that the sequel will bring back the main animal character, Aslan (voiced in the first film by Liam Neeson), as well as a host of familiar and new creatures. Director Andrew Adamson, who is vacationing in his native New Zealand, hasn't written the sequel's script yet, but the C.S. Lewis book on which Prince Caspian will be based offers clues as to what creatures to expect. "I did read the book, and Aslan is back," Wright said. "Most of the creatures you saw, and there's new ones, are back. There's new hero creatures, specifically Badger and his mouse, Reepicheep. Again, there's huge battle sequences. I know from talking to Andrew just briefly before he left: He wants to make this bigger and better than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. So I can only imagine what's in store for any of us that happen to be lucky enough to be involved. We all loved working with Andrew - I can say that probably for everyone here - and would enjoy working on all seven books if we could."
Wright said the effects team will begin computer "pre-visualization" of scenes from Prince Caspian "probably in a couple of months, and then full on into preproduction. You know, the film is going to kick off before you know it, and we'll be going like gangbusters, probably, I would say, within the next two to four months."
How will Aslan, the regal lion of the first film, differ in the sequel? "Reading through the books, there are some evolutions," said Bill Westenhofer, whose Rhythm & Hues F/X house created the computer-animated Aslan in the first film. "One of the challenges [is that] it's described in the text that he does increase in size. At one point, he's finally referenced as being the size of an elephant. That's where interpretations of the filmmakers are going to come into play, how to pull it off. ... [In the first Narnia film,] he changes sizes slightly, but I doubt that anyone would notice. He's actually 5 percent bigger after he comes back to life. But ... even to start with, he was at the very top end of the scale of average lion sizes, and ... he was a big lion even at the start."
And there's one other challenge, Westenhofer said: "We successfully avoided Aslan getting doused in water in this. But as soon as we get into the Dawn Treader [a ship that figures in Caspian] and that sort of stuff, it's going to be harder to avoid."
Wright was honored at the brunch in Culver City, Calif., on Feb. 15 with his team, which included Westenhofer, Sony Pictures Imageworks' Jim Berney and Industrial Light & Magic's Scott Farrar, who were nominated for the Oscar for best visual effects. Narnia's makeup team, headed by Howard Berger and Tami Lane, were also nominated for an Oscar, as were the sound team of Terry Porter, Dean Zupancic and Tony Johnson. [...]


[02.02.2006] CS! meldet, dass Andrew Adamson auch beim Sequel Regie führen wird...

[31.01.2006] CS! berichtet über die Fortsetzung...
The Irish Independent reports that Disney scouts are checking out locations in several counties in Ireland for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the sequel to the $620.4 million worldwide hit.
Irish film industry chiefs are keeping their fingers crossed that Disney will opt for Ireland, since the first film was made in New Zealand and the production spent a lot of money there.
A top industry source was quoted as saying, "The location scouts have been here for two weeks. They have also been looking at sites in Britain.
"They know from previous experience what is available in terms of production facilities in Ireland. We're hoping they will find locations here that suit.
The source continued, "They have to make their minds up pretty soon. They want to start filming by autumn. They want to use the same young actors who played the characters in 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'."


[30.01.2006] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
[...] Der bisherige Dominator des internationalen Boxoffice' in diesem Jahr, "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia" belegte an diesem Wochenende mit einem Einspiel von 8,2 Mio. Dollar Platz drei und steht damit insgesamt bei 355,7 Mio. Dollar. Nach Angaben des "Hollywood Reporter" ist "Narnia" mit einem weltweiten Einspiel von 633,5 Mio. Dollar der erfolgreichste BVI-Live-Action-Titel überhaupt und insgesamt der dritterfolgreichste BVI-Titel.

[11.01.2006] DH meldet...
A few days ago word leaked out but was shot down, today though it seems pretty official - "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" is moving forward.
With "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" having already earned $530 million worldwide, the trades report that Disney Pictures and Walden Media are currently working on a script and are expected to tap a director within a few weeks.
Walden CEO Cary Granat says "We're planning on starting production by the fourth quarter of next year" though whether he meant 2006 or 2007 is unsure.


[10.01.2006] Blickpunkt:Film berichtet über die internationalen Kinocharts...
"Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia" und "King Kong" liegen mit ihrem Gesamteinspiel außerhalb Nordamerikas auch nach dem vergangenen Wochenende nahezu gleichauf. Nach vorläufig noch geschätzten Zahlen hatte "Narnia" mit 30,6 Mio. Dollar an diesem Wochenende die Nase vorn und schraubte sein internationales Einspiel damit auf insgesamt 277 Mio. Dollar. Knapp ein Drittel davon spielte "Narnia" in Großbritannien ein, wo der Film nach einem Wochenendeinspiel von 3,3 Mio. Dollar jetzt insgesamt bei 66,5 Mio. Dollar steht. Das höchste Wochenendeinspiel gelang "Narnia" jedoch in Frankreich, wo der Film 5,9 Mio. Dollar einspielte und insgesamt bei 28,1 Mio. Dollar steht. [...]

[02.01.2006] Blickpunkt:Film berichtet über die deutschen Kinocharts...
Auch am Silvester-Wochenende, das ähnlich schwach ausfiel wie das Weihnachts-Wochenende, behauptete sich "Die Chroniken von Narnia: Der König von Narnia" gegen "King Kong", mittlerweile jedoch deutlich. Nach ersten Schätzungen versammelte "Narnia" am Wochenende etwa 285.000 Besucher und schraubte sein Gesamtergebnis damit auf nunmehr knapp 2,7 Mio. Besucher, während "Kong" nach ca. 230.000 Zuschauern gesamt bei 1,8 Mio. Kinogängern hält. [...]

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