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After just two installments — “Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” — Disney pictures has decided to part ways with their attempt at a blockbuster franchise based on a series of childrens’ novels. The news leaves the third movie, entitled “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,”which was in preproduction and planning on shooting this spring for a May 2010 release, without a distributor and financial backer.
This from The Hollywood Reporter:
While declining to elaborate, Disney and Walden Media confirmed Tuesday that for budgetary and logistical reasons the Burbank-based studio is not exercising its option to co-produce and co-finance the next “Narnia” movie with Walden. …
Walden has a strong relationship with the Lewis estate and will shop “Treader” in hopes of finding a new partner. The most likely candidate at this stage is Fox, which markets and distributes Walden fare under the Fox Walden banner.
Any partnership on a “Narnia” movie will require a substantial investment. “Caspian,” which filmed in the Czech Republic, Mexico and New Zealand, cost $200 million. The first film, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” was shot mostly in New Zealand for $180 million.
Yes, the movies were really expensive to make (the last one cost Disney about $200 million — and that’s a lot of freakin’ money), but they’re at least turning a profit. Disney †execs seemed to have been scared off by “Prince Caspian’s” $419 million worldwide pull — a full $219 million above its production cost.
This honestly baffles me. I wish I could come up with a better reason for why this is happening, but the only thin I can think of is that, because the second movie made less that the first domestically, that the third in the trilogy would continue that trend.
But you know what would buck thatt?
Make a good movie. Period. I feel like Warner Brothers proved, with “The Dark Knight,” that, if you make a good movie, no matter what the subject matter, you’re going to be able to turn a profit, if you have the financial and advertising background of a huge movie studio — say, one as big as… oh, I don’t know… DISNEY.
This i chicken — a ploy to get out while they still can — even though Disney hasn’t even tried to make it better. With the third movie, if they wanted to, Disney could make “Dawn Treader” a truly great movie, one that could compete with the monster in the room that is the “Harry Potter” franchise. But no, instead, they drop the franchise like a hot potato with no life to breath while it tries to find a voice and a place in cinematic history.
Screw that. I’ll be honest with you, loyal Movie Chutzpah readers, I have never — nor do I ever have the intention of — seeing these movies. I have no interest in it. But it legitimately pisses me of taht Disney would lose faith in the “Narnia” franchise even though it has proved, after two movies, that is a bankable series. WTF, mate?
Have faith in the movies you produce, Disney. It might pay off, someday. Who knows?