20th Century Fox has unveiled the first bit of marketing for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader in the form of a poster.
In 2008 Disney made the mistake of releasing Prince Caspian in the summer amidst competition from the likes of Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It took over $400 million worldwide, but compared to the $750 million made by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe it was seen as a disappointment by Disney who bailed on a third film.
20th Century Fox, who were keen on landing a profitable fantasy franchise, stepped in to produce Voyage of the Dawn Treader and set a release date for December 10th 2010. It’s only major competition is Tron Legacy which, along with a more suitable release date, means the third film should do better than Prince Caspian.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.