The Chronicles of Narnia

Aslan

Well, what do you know? Just when you thought the Chronicles of Narnia had exited the fantasy world movie game with 2010′s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, here they come again with another adventure through the wardrobe doors. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the next book in the series (and by far its most superior, if you were to ask young-me) has been announced by the C.S. Lewis and Mark Gordon Companies as the fourth film. For those focusing on Lord of the Rings during their formative years, this volume is set directly after Dawn Treader in “the real world,” but decades later in Narnia. It focuses on two children (one is Eustace from Dawn Treader) who are summoned from England by Aslan to solve the mystery of the missing Prince Rilian. Like all Narnia stories, it’s not quite clear why English schoolchildren are the best people for this quest, but then again, this world’s highest authority is a talking Jesus-lion, so all bets are off the table.

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DawnTreader

After two films, I have just about no energy or excitement for this franchise because of how forced everything felt. In the first movie when they charged and yelled that they were doing it for Aslan, I yawned and waited for the credits. The second was a bit better, and since the third is set on a boat, I have to assume that the inclusion of nautical themed knit afghans. It’s a recession. You think we can afford pashmina? Well we can’t. But we can afford to check out these pictures from the set of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. You can click on those for a slightly bigger version, or head over to Coming Soon for the giant versions. I have to admit that the production design looks beautiful. I haven’t read the books so I have no reference point, but it seems as though the story gets going when two of the young children and their cousin get sucked into a painting of a ship, so it’s back to Narnia for them once again. Which is frustrating, because they keep going back, and great because Britain is really dull and rainy. I’m also not sure that the novel includes the older siblings in any real way, but someone can correct me there if I’m wrong. If I’m not, it looks like the franchise will be including them anyway because, hey, why not? On a personal note, I have a helm just like that here […]

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JustinChadwick

The BBC is heading down to Kenya to check in with a very old First Grader.

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Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media have confirmed that for budgetary and logistical reasons the Burbank-based studio is not exercising its option to co-produce and co-finance The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with Walden.

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