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Chronicles of Narnia film series

2009 DVD box set of the first two films. (BRA)
Directed by Andrew Adamson
Michael Apted
Produced by Mark Johnson
Written by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Ann Peacock
Andrew Adamson
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Prince Caspian
Andrew Adamson
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
The Silver Chair
Michael Petroni
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
C. S. Lewis (Novels)
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
David Arnold
Distributed by Walden Media (2005–present)
Walt Disney Pictures (2005–2008)
20th Century Fox (2010–present)
Release date(s) 2005–present
Running time over 4 hours total (as of 2008)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $405 million
Gross revenue $1,157,623,868

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of epic fantasy films from Walden Media based on the series of novels, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C. S. Lewis in the 1950s. The first installment, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was released on December 9, 2005, while the second, Prince Caspian, was released on May 16, 2008;[1] these first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson, produced by Mark Johnson, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The third installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will be directed by Michael Apted and co-produced and distributed in the United States, Canada, Argentina and Belgium by 20th Century Fox, is scheduled to be released on December 10, 2010.[2][3] In addition to 20th's distribution rights for North American, Argentinian and Belgan releases, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader also the first Narnia film to be distributed in the United Kingdom by Icon Film Distribution UK.

Contents

Films

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and was shot mainly in New Zealand, though locations were used in Poland, the Czech Republic and England.

The story follows four British children who are evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside and find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia; there, they must ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of the White Witch, who has the world under an eternal winter.

The film was released theatrically starting on December 7, 2005. As of April 2006, the film has grossed over US$700 million worldwide, making it the 28th highest grossing movie worldwide of all time.[4]

The DVD was released on April 3, 2006 in the UK and April 4, 2006 in North America and Europe.

Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, based on Prince Caspian was once again directed by Andrew Adamson. The story follows the same four children as they are summoned back into Narnia. They help Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia, reclaim the crown from his evil uncle, King Miraz. The film was released on May 16, 2008.[1] This film marks the last in the Narnia film series to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, based on the book of the same name, will be the third film in the series and is the first in the Narnia film series to be distributed by 20th Century Fox for theatrical releases in North America, Belgium and Argentina with Icon Film Distribution handling distribution for theatrical releases in the United Kingdom.

Production was put on hold when Disney chose not to produce the film after a budget dispute with Walden Media, who then negotiated with 20th Century Fox to replace them.[5] Fox joined with Walden Media officially as of January 28, 2009.[6] They announced a December 10, 2010 release date shortly afterwards.

Edmund and Lucy come back to Narnia with their cousin in a ship called The Dawn Treader. Peter and Susan will not return because they have learned all they need in Narnia. Filming wrapped up in November 2009 and is now on post production.

Additional films

As there are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia, each book could potentially become a movie.[7] The film adaptation of the third book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has been confirmed; the next likely film is The Silver Chair. The production of further films will largely depend on the success of previous films; following the "Caspian trilogy," the books remaining to be adapted will be The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle, all of which will be currently distributed by 20th Century Fox.

C. S. Lewis never sold the film rights to the Narnia series, being skeptical that any cinematic adaptation could render the more fantastical elements and characters of the story realistically.[8] Only after seeing a demo reel of CGI animals did Douglas Gresham (Lewis's stepson and literary executor, and film co-producer) give approval for a film adaptation.[citation needed]

Main cast

Pevensie Children

  • William Moseley as Peter Pevensie, the eldest child and High King of Narnia. Moseley appears in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.
  • Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie, the eldest girl and High Queen of Narnia. Popplewell appears in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.
  • Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, the youngest boy and king of Narnia. Keynes appears in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  • Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie, the youngest child and queen of Narnia. Henley appears in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

The Pevensie children also appear in The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle (although Susan isn't in the latter), but it is unknown if the original Pevensie actors will reprise their roles.

Narnians

  • Liam Neeson as Aslan, the magnificent, powerful lion who helps govern Narnia, his creation. He is the only character to appear in all the books.
  • Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, the Telmarine prince who becomes King of Narnia after they overthrow his evil uncle, Miraz. Appears in Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Silver Chair

Reception of films

Box office

Title Release date Director Distribution Company Time Length Total worldwide
box office
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe December 9, 2005 Andrew Adamson Walt Disney Pictures 139 min. $745,011,272 [9]
Prince Caspian May 16, 2008 149 min. $419,651,413 [10]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader December 10, 2010 Michael Apted 20th Century Fox TBA n/a
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair TBA TBA TBA n/a
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy TBA TBA TBA n/a
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew TBA TBA TBA n/a
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle TBA TBA TBA n/a
Total films: 2 (plus one in production, potential for four more) 288 min. $1,164,662,685

Critical

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top Critics
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 75% (199 reviews)[11] 78% (37 reviews)[12] 75/100 (39 reviews)[13] B (13 reviews)[14]
Prince Caspian 65% (127 reviews)[15] 62% (34 reviews)[16] 63/100 (20 reviews)[17] B- (14 reviews)[18]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Third "Narnia" delayed until 2010". Reuters/Hollywood Reporter. 2007-09-20. http://in.reuters.com/article/hollywood/idINN2032755420070920. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  3. ^ Fox Takes Over Chronicles of Narnia
  4. ^ Worldwide Grosses Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ Borys Kit (2008-12-24). "Disney jumps ship on next 'Narnia'". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i13db0577bde6c55bef3697eead65b919. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  6. ^ Emily; Martin, Paul (2009-01-28). "Fox To Pick Up Dawn Treader". NarniaFans.com. http://www.narniafans.com/archives/3269. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  7. ^ "NarniaWeb - Walden Media Outlines Narnia Series". http://www.narniaweb.com/news.asp?id=895&dl=. 
  8. ^ A general dislike of cinema can be seen in Collected Letters, Vol. 2, a letter to his brother Warren on March 3, 1940, p. 361; see also All My Road Before Me, June 1, 1926, p. 405
  9. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=narnia.htm
  10. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=narnia2.htm
  11. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/. Retrieved ?. 
  12. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Top Critics)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_lion_witch_wardrobe/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved ?. 
  13. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/lionthewitchandthewardrobe. Retrieved ?. 
  14. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1808475642/critic. Retrieved ?. 
  15. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_prince_caspian/. Retrieved ?. 
  16. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Top Critics)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_prince_caspian/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved ?. 
  17. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/princecaspian. Retrieved ?. 
  18. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Critics Reviews". Yahoo! Movies. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809244324/critic. Retrieved ?. 

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