It has been one month since Disney decided to ditch the Narnia franchise, however it has now found a new home at 20th Century Fox. If all goes to plan the film will start shooting at the end of summer this year, with a release date of December 2010.
Ultimately, Fox’s commitment to the summer start date is contingent upon Walden’s selection of a writer. Richard LaGravanese penned the most recent draft that both Walden and Fox were happy with, but there’s a question about his availability because he has been adapting Sara Gruen’s bestseller “Water for Elephants” for Fox 2000.
After budget and script concerns are settled, Fox and Walden are expected to greenlight the film.
Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley are reprising their roles as Caspian, Edmund and Lucy, respectively. New to the production is Will Poulter (“Son of Rambo”), who will portray Eustace Clarence Scrubb. Pic is being directed by Michael Apted, with Mark Johnson and Andrew Adamson producing.
This is good news. Fox have been looking for a fantasy franchise for a while so this seems like the perfect match for them. With most of the creative team returning it will be hard to screw this up. Even if Fox are making it.