About a month ago I heard the news that Disney was bailing on the Narnia movies, which made zero sense to me. It was a gold mine series that had made $1.2 billion world wide with the first two movies alone. Obviously, the first one did better, but do you just drop the gold mine when you messed up on one shaft? No! You learn from it and mine the next one better. I was most disappointed because the Dawn Treader was probably the one I was looking forward to the most. I love the character of Eustace and the adventures in the Dawn Treader were practically written to but on the silver screen.
Well, today I saw this article, and it explains why Disney let it go. I had already become less and less of a Disney fan with the direction they’ve been taking (raising prices, forcing bad music down everyone’s throat: Jonas Bros, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock), and this Narnia series was an opportunity for them to make emends. But they messed up and dropped the ball. They got gready and tried to make Prince Caspian a teen movie, which was evident by themes they included that I didn’t remember in the book. I’m sorry, but the whole Caspian/Susan thing just made me sick.
Then they decided because they could get more teens for the movie, that they would move the release to May, rather than Christmas where it would thrive with families. Well, mixed in a blockbuster summer with Ironman and Indiana Jones, it didn’t have any time to build traction. And because they handled it so poorly, it failed and they dumped it. The good news is that Walden Media is going on with the production of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with a new director and much of the same cast from the last movie. They are just waiting on a big studio to get behind it, and it appears Fox may be that studio. Lets hope they don’t make the same mistakes Disney did!