Today filming on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader began in Australia, which I am sure fans will be pleased to hear. Disney ditched the Narnia franchise last year and 20th Century Fox stepped in to fund the film and swiftly set a release date of December 10th 2010. They had to act quickly otherwise the child actors would undertake the natural process of ‘ageing’, which would royally screw things up if they left it too late.
This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.
Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country – a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader – can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.
Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) will be taking over directing duties from Andrew Adamson, who will be producing.
Disney made a mistake by releasing Prince Caspian in the summer amidst competition from the likes of Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. At the moment The Voyage of the Dawn Treader‘s only competition is The Smurfs, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem.