News - Narnia Gets a Third Lease on Life
The first Narnia film is actually a pretty great film, even by today's standards. Sure, the CG hasn't dated very well, but the story has a hell of a lot of heart. What came after that though was clearly not as good, and diminishing box office returns and fan excitement mirrored that. 'Prince Caspian' had some redeeming elements and a few cool battle sequences but nothing nearly as resonant as what happened in the first film. I can't speak for the third film 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' because, well, I didn't care enough to even watch it.
Disney dropped the Narnia franchise after 'Prince Caspian' under-performed (the movie still made a decent $419 million worldwide). Seeing potential in the franchise, Fox picked it up and began work on a third film with some of the same characters. They churned out the more modestly budgeted Dawn Treader, which brought in pretty much exactly the same (415 million worldwide). This one must have seen some sort of profit, but probably wasn't the revival they were hoping for, so they dropped it as well.
Sony's TriStar Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, eOne, and the C.S. Lewis Company picked up the torch where Fox left off and are taking a crack at producing a fourth film. They've chosen to adapt another one of the more popular Narnia stories, The Silver Chair. It will be interesting to see if this turns out to be some sort of reboot, or if it decided to remain within the continuity of the first three films. I'm not excited for this just yet, but I'm always down for a good fantasy film, so if the film comes to fruition and the trailers look good, I might give this a shot.