The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)


The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)
The Chronicles of Narnia
Directed by Andrew Adamson (1st and 2nd film)
Michael Apted (3rd film)
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 Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Christopher Markus
Stephen McFelly
Steven Knight
Michael Petroni
Richard LaGravenese

C. S. Lewis (Novels)
Based on The Chronicles of Narnia by
C. S. Lewis
Starring List of Chronicles of Narnia cast members
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams (1st and 2nd film)
David Arnold (3rd film)
Studio Walden Media
Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures (2005–2008)
20th Century Fox (2010–present)
Release date(s) 2005–present
Running time 406 minutes (to date)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $545 million
Box office $1,580,364,900

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of English fantasy films from Walden Media that are based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of novels written by C. S. Lewis. From the seven books, there have been three film adaptations so far—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).[1]

The series revolves around the adventures of children in the fictional world of Narnia, guided by Aslan, a talking lion and the true king of Narnia. Most of the children featured were the Pevensie siblings and the prominent antagonist featured was the White Witch. While the films follow the novels' traditional storyline and Christian themes, they also added deviations from the source material, including the Greek Mythology and Irish fairy tales.

The first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson, produced by Mark Johnson, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The third film is the first of the chronicles to be released in Digital 3D. It was directed by Michael Apted and distributed by 20th Century Fox.[2]

The series is considered to be one of the biggest movie franchises around the world due to the legacy of the novels.[according to whom?] The first film is the 41st highest-grossing film of all-time. The series has now grossed over $1.5 billion making it the 19th highest-grossing film series of all time.

Contents

Development

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.[3] 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]

Films

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 41st 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

Prince Caspian was the second adaption to the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. The whole production team from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe returned but also new cast members joined the Narnia team such as Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage and Eddie Izzard

The story follows four British children who were transported to Narnia in the previous film returning to Narnia and finding out that over 1300 years have passed and the land has been invaded by Telmarines. The four Pevensie children (William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley) return to aid Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) in his struggle for the throne against his corrupt uncle, King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto)

The film was released on May 16, 2008.[1] It grossed $419 million worldwide and was considered a moderate success. This film was the last in the Narnia film series to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, based on the novel with the same title, was directed by Michael Apted and was the third official film in the series.

The story follows the two younger Pevensie children as they return to Narnia with their cousin, Eustace. They join the new king of Narnia, Caspian, in his quest to rescue seven lost lords to save Narnia from a corrupting evil that resides on a dark island.[5]

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.[6] Fox officially joined Walden Media on January 28, 2009.[7] They announced a December 10, 2010 release date shortly afterwards. It was released on December 10, 2010 in the US in Digital 3D in select theaters, along with its wide 2D release. It grossed over $415 million worldwide.

Future

Although originally releasing the films in the same order as the book series' original publication order, 20th Century Fox, Walden, and the C.S Lewis Estate finally decided that The Magician's Nephew (instead of The Silver Chair) would be the basis for the next movie following the release of the 2010 film The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[8] However, in October 2011, Douglas Gresham confirmed that Walden Media's contract with the C. S. Lewis estate had expired, and any production of a future film was on hold indefinitely.[9][10]

The Magician's Nephew

Shortly before Perry Moore's death in February 2011, he told his family that he had secured funding for a film based on The Magician's Nephew, which recounts the creation of Narnia.[11][8] Entertainment Weekly reported in March, 2011, that Walden Media intended The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew to be the next in the series, should another film be made. However, the representative of Walden Media stressed the film was not yet in development.[12] With the expiration of Walden Media's contract, the option to produce the film was lost, and the future of the film series in limbo.

Additional films

As there are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia, each book could potentially become a theatrical feature film.[13] The production of further films would be contingent on the profitability of previous films. As well as The Magician's Nephew, the books that have not yet been approved for films are The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, and The Last Battle.

Main cast

Children

Other recurring characters

  • Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan, the magnificent and powerful lion who helps govern Narnia, his own creation. He is the only character to appear in all of the books.
  • Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch, the former queen of Charn and a witch who ruled Narnia after the events of The Magician's Nephew and during the events of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Ben Barnes as Caspian X, the Telmarine prince who becomes King of Narnia after overthrowing his evil uncle Miraz.
  • Eddie Izzard and Simon Pegg as the voice of Reepicheep, the noble and courageous mouse who fights for Aslan and the freedom of Narnia. Izzard played the character in Prince Caspian, and Pegg took over the role in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Reception

Box office

See also: List of Highest-grossing films
Film Release date Director Distributor Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget
North America Total Worldwide Yearly
worldwide[14]
All time
worldwide
[15]
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
9 December 2005 Andrew Adamson Walt Disney Pictures $291,710,957 $745,013,115[16] #3 #38 $180,000,000
The Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian
16 May 2008 $141,621,490 $419,665,568[17] #10 #120 $225,000,000
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
10 December 2010 Michael Apted 20th Century Fox $104,386,950 $415,686,217[18] #12 #122 $140,000,000 - $155,000,000
Total $537,719,397 $1,580,364,900 #15 $545 million

Critical

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Top Critics
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 76% (209 reviews)[19] 76% (38 reviews)[20] 75/100 (39 reviews)[21] B (13 reviews)[22]
Prince Caspian 68% (180 reviews)[23] 62% (37 reviews)[24] 62/100 (34 reviews)[25] B- (14 reviews)[26]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 50% (151 reviews)[27] 50% (26 reviews)[28] 53/100 (33 reviews)[29] C+ (10 reviews)[30]

See also

Narnia aslan.jpg Narnia portal

References

  1. ^ a b Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Disney opts out of 3rd 'Narnia' film
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Worldwide Grosses Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ Alexonx (November 10, 2010). "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-Spectacular trailer". filmissimo.it. http://www.filmissimo.it/blog/le-cronache-di-narnia-il-viaggio-del-veliero-spettacolare-il-nuovo-full-trailer.html. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ 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. [dead link]
  7. ^ Emily; Martin, Paul (2009-01-28). "Fox To Pick Up Dawn Treader". NarniaFans.com. http://www.narniafans.com/archives/3269. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  8. ^ a b Moring, Mark (April 7, 2011). "The Lion, the Witch, and the Box Office". Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/movies/interviews/2011/lionwitchboxoffice.html. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Gresham Confirms: Walden’s Contract Expired
  10. ^ Walden Media’s Option for a Fourth Narnia film Expires
  11. ^ ["Virginia Beach Native and 'Narnia' Producer, Perry Moore, Found Dead at 39." February 18, 2011.] Accessed 2011-02-18.
  12. ^ 'Narnia': Walden, Fox in discussions on 'The Magician's Nephew'
  13. ^ "NarniaWeb - Walden Media Outlines Narnia Series". http://www.narniaweb.com/news.asp?id=895&dl=. 
  14. ^ Domestic Box Office Results
  15. ^ "All Time Worldwide Box Office Grosses". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=narnia.htm
  17. ^ Boxofficemojo.com
  18. ^ Boxofficemojo.com
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  23. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_prince_caspian/. Retrieved ?. 
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  27. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicles_of_narnia_the_voyage_of_the_dawn_treader/. Retrieved ?. 
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