Many of us Chronicles of Narnia fans have been looking forward to the release of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third of what was supposed to be seven movies about C.S. Lewis’ fantasy world Narnia. The first movie in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” was a Christian allegory that was also a smash-hit success at the box office. The remaining six movies were going to be like a Christian answer to the seven-part Harry Potter series.
Now the word is out in this article in Variety, the entertainment bible, that Disney has pulled its co- funding out of the movie which, last I heard, was still being filmed down in New Zealand.
This is a surprise, because the rumors I was hearing had more to do with unhappiness on the part of the other funder, Walden Media, co-founded by billionaire Phil Anschutz. I’d heard Mr. Anschutz was less than happy with how the second film in the series, “Prince Caspian,” had turned out because of (pick one) the significant plot changes in the movie script as compared to the book, the downplaying of the great lion Aslan’s role in “Caspian,” the quasi-romance between the characters of Susan and Prince Caspian that never happened in the book, and so on. But to have Disney pull the plug on what was sure to be a moneymaker, no matter how bad the economy?
Well, I hope to get to the bottom of what’s happened, but at this point I’m on vacation and blogging from three time zones away so unfortunately will have to simply refer you to the Variety piece for what little details are out there.
— Julia Duin, religion editor