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UPDATED: Narnia's PRINCE CASPIAN leaps to Summer 2008!

Hey folks, Harry here... I had an executive at a studio tell me yesterday that on THE WATER HORSE that Peter Jackson was involved as a producer on the project, but today I got an email from Peter saying that he isn't involved in the project as a producer or any other function. However, Barrie Osbourne (key producer on LORD OF THE RINGS is) and Weta Workshop and Weta Digital are "having fun on it". Peter says he's sticking to his LOVELY BONES script and enjoying the quieter life at the moment. So there ya go... Here's the original article with the wrong info about Peter....

Hey folks, Harry here - According to Hollywood Reporter two of Walden Media's giant fantasy films were set to basically collide in the holiday season of 2007... being scheduled for release just one week apart. The films? THE WATER HORSE, which Peter Jackson is onboard as a producer with WETA aboard for effects splendor... and then there was Narnia's PRINCE CASPIAN. Disney, which has PRINCE CASPIAN, decided to stake a claim on Summer 2008 with their sequel to their hit fantasy from last year. Was it Disney blinking - or just shrewd negotiations from Walden Media that saw its profits shrinking - and let Disney in on some of what's going on with THE WATER HORSE - which helped them to see it as a threat? We'll probably never know. One this is certain, THE WATER HORSE apparently began shooting this week, so it definitely had a head start on PRINCE CASPIAN. This gives Adamson a bit more room to nail PRINCE CASPIAN with both pre-production and post... which for a fantasy on that scale is always a good thing. Bad thing? We have to wait longer. Sigh.

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  • May 17, 2006, 5:41 a.m. CST

    First

    by atrips

    yipeeee....that too from NZ

  • May 17, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    by RKO Classic

    I hope the next film is less fluffy!

  • May 17, 2006, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Maybe the second one won't be too Disneyfied?

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    I mean I had high hopes and thought despite being very childish, the book was darker than what we actually got! And the action was very amatuerish. Maybe a tighter and faster paced sequel please?

  • May 17, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    First movie sucked

    by Knugen

    Hey kids let's go to WAR! I promise you, it's fun! - Santa

  • May 17, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    the first one:

    by DocPazuzu

    Cool creature designs, but it was so very, very flat. Bad acting and horribly unengaging narrative. Swinton in Kurgan helmet in a polar bear chariot was teh hot, though. Funny, too, to see the guy who played the anti-christ in Megiddo playing the adult King Peter.

  • May 17, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Hey Knugen...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...are you from where I think you're from?

  • May 17, 2006, 6:29 a.m. CST

    The first movie was better than the book

    by BeeDub

    It expanded the kids' world and made them individuals, rather than just Three Good Ones and the Traitor.

  • May 17, 2006, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I still haven't seen Narnia.

    by Shermdawg

    And, I'm still kicking myself for missin' it in theaters.

  • May 17, 2006, 6:44 a.m. CST

    I told that I'm crazy for these cupcakes, cousin!

    by Serious Black

    First movie was ho-hum, and all the books are so bland that they're practically unreadable. If it wasn't for people reading a Christian subtext into the stories, they never would have survived as the "classics" they are today. At least we might look forward to a new version of the "It's the Chronic-what!!!-cles of Narnia" rap.

  • May 17, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    That's a long wait for the sequel.

    by minderbinder

    Those kids will look quite a bit older. The book isn't really any darker than the film, they didn't leave anything out. Other than some dodgy FX and amateurish direction, the first was a surprisingly good and faithful adaptation. I'm not sure how they'll pull the second off, their best strategy is probably to do a pretty major rewrite. In the book, the kids miss 90% of the action and are told all of it as a story.

  • May 17, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for The Last Battle in 2026.

    by Bungion Boy

    The first Narnia film didn't look so great that it looked like it warrented a 2 year production. They better step up this time around. What they should do is lump a few books together like the BBC version. As I recall, not so much happens in Prince Caspian to support 2 hours. It's also pretty similar in story to the first book.

  • May 17, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    The first NARNIA movie RULED!!

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Before seeing the movie I re-read the book for the first time in... well, let's just say quite a few years; and I don't see how anyone who's a fan of the source material could have been disappointed. For that matter, I have a hard time seeing how anyone who's NOT a fan of the source material could have been disappointed either. An AMAZING film.

  • May 17, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Prince Caspian is about 1/3 flashback.

    by Mahaloth

    They will need massive work on the script on this one. Not as linear/simple as Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe.

  • May 17, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I am reading Prince Caspian right now.

    by Cotton McKnight

    For the first time. Good movie.. but odd because one of the main characters is a dwarf. Anyway, I also saw King Kong for the first time this weekend and you know what? Some of the special effects truly sucked. Now granted, this was on a 20 inch tv with a regular dvd player, but I was actually surprised at how bad some of it was. The scenes where they are running between the brontasauri in particular.

  • May 17, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    So what's the plan

    by Monkey Butler

    for the rest of the series? Because really, nobody cares about 'The Horse and His Boy', 'The Magician's Nephew' could be relegated to a lengthy prologue if it's shown at all, and the other three books get incredibly preachy. Reading back over 'The Silver Chair', I'm suprised how unsubtle Lewis is about it. And what the hell would the do about 'The Last Battle'? Everyone dies and half the book is a description of Heaven, ending with 'I can't really describe it because it's Heaven, y'know? And they were all happy, but I can't really describe that either, because, y'know, Heaven'.

  • May 17, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Horse and his Boy is a stretch to make into a movie...

    by minderbinder

    But Magician's Nephew is one of my favorites. it would make a great movie. I hope it gets a full film of its own.

  • May 17, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Horse and His Boy is the best book but...

    by Mgmax

    The Horse and His Boy is arguably the best of the books, a great cinematic adventure tale a la The Black Stallion. The problem with filming it is... it's a total attack on Islam as a slave ideology! Yeah, I really see Disney taking on the guys who kill you for drawing cartoons that way. There will be four Narnia movies, maximum.

  • May 17, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Bad move, should be a holiday release

    by chickychow

    That way it can coast thru Jan and Feb. after eating up all the Xmas dollars... And what the F is with this Waterhorse thing?

  • May 17, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    They should do a LOTR

    by zacdilone

    and film three at the same time: "Prince Caspian," "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," and "Final Battle" to get the kids' ages right.

  • May 17, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    that sucks

    by teddanson37

  • May 17, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader or Bust

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    That's the third one right? So in about 2011 we get to the good stuff. Wow. That's a lot of time to fill skipping Prince Caspian.

  • May 17, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    zacdilone-- kids' ages

    by scaler

    The characters change from book to book. Peter and Susan appear in Prince Caspian, but not any of the later books. And Edmund and Lucy, if I remember correctly, are out after Voyage of the Dawn Treader. That being the case, age shouldn't be a problem.

  • May 17, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Yep, not smart on Disney's part.

    by Orbots Commander

    This would be equivalent to WB moving the Harry Potter franchise or the LOTR trilogy to the summer after the first movie was a big hit. The series lends itself to the holiday season type of storytelling. Why move and risk a good thing? Disney could basically have the holidays and the first month or two of the following year to itself with the Narnia sequels. Why move the franchise to summer to compete with all the other CGI-fests? Lame move, Disney.

  • May 17, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    scaler, zacdilone is right

    by DarthCorleone

    The kids return for The Final Battle. However, given that it's the last book in the series (and in my memory the least interesting), I don't see the need to make the thing unless they truly think that Narnia has seven-movie franchise legs. Sticking it in the middle for the sake of continuity could put a dent in the momentum unless it's an absolutely brilliant adaptation.

  • May 17, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I'm quite excited about Caspian.

    by a goonie

    If only I didn't have to wait until summer 2008 to see it now. I recently finished reading all the Narnia books and found that Prince Caspian is right up there with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The others are either good, okay, or total fucking crap (read The Silver Chair for the fucking crap). I was wildly impressed with what Adamson and co. did with the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe flick and think they'll really knock Caspian out of the park. It's a great story that should really connect with kids. Now if only they'd hurry up and make it.

  • May 17, 2006, 12:47 p.m. CST

    PRINCE CASPIAN blows aquafag.

    by P33KA

  • May 17, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    by Fatkraken

    Caspian as a book I found interminably dull; the least interesting of the lot. Magicians nephew and Silver chair would make the best films IMO; both have a good versus evil plot, plenty of interesting settings and pleasingly flawed characters (both Jill and Diggory fuck up pretty bad, but are forgiven). they're both pretty preachy, but no more so than lion witch and the wardrobe. Plus I just want to see the green kirtle serpent from the silver chair

  • May 17, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    awesome

    by El Borak

    i wish it was sooner though. i liked book 2 a lot. the whole fact of the kids arriving a 100?\1,000? years in the future of narnia and all they accomplished is gone is great. they have to start all over. and i believe it's the last appearance of the older kids because they're too old. sad = kids crying = MOVIE GOLD!!

  • May 17, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Series continuity

    by zacdilone

    I think they should skip "Horse and His Boy" completely. Do "Caspian," "Dawn Treader," and "Final Battle" to complete a 4-part series. I think they are the most "cinema-friendly" of the stories and would ensure that the quality level is consistent. If the audience is still there for more, they could do "Magician's Nephew" as a prequel, then "Silver Chair" could be done as the pilot for a new "Adventures in the Land of Narnia" show on the Disney Channel. Hell, they should just hire me.

  • May 17, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Actually

    by zacdilone

    "Horse and His Boy" would also make a good TV-movie, but not a good cinema experience, IMHO.

  • May 17, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    They have to make Silver Chair

    by Monkey Butler

    If they're going to make Last Battle. Jill is introduced in Silver Chair, and it'd be a bit weird if she just turned up out of nowhere in Last Battle as one of the 7 Friends of Narnia

  • May 17, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Hopefully they will choose a new

    by superninja

    director for the other book adaptations. The first film was terribly uninspired given the source material.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Narnia was like ice cream that tasted like meat

    by BendersShinyAss

    It was all wrong.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:55 a.m. CST

    experiment626...

    by BendersShinyAss

    Return of the Jedi didn't need an extra year developing the script. The screenwriter knew what needed to be done. Destory the falcon. Kill a main character or two. Go with the wooke homeworld.... Lucas crushed all of these. Come to think of it, 'Revenge' of the Jedi would have been better.

  • May 18, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    This one I cannot teach. The boy has no patience.

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Didn't I just spend the last 12 months reading about how X3 has been completely hamstrung by (maong other things) a rushed production schedule? So there'll be no sighing about a few months' extra time here. Not that it's a great leap of logic business-wise to stagger the releases, but I can stand to wait for a Narnia sequel, particularly if the quality benefits as a result.

  • May 18, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    They should be making some of these at the same time!!!

    by Drath

    I don't understand why they took so long to greenlight Prince Caspian, the oldest children are in the later books and if they wait too long they'll look older than their adult selves in the first movie! Plus, I want to see Jadis again, and the longer they wait the less likely it be that I'll see Tilda Swinton reprise the role for the prequel! Did they have trouble raising the money or do they just not know a sure thing when they see it?

  • May 19, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    I WISH IT WOULD LEAP OFF TO SUMMER 3024

    by Sepulchrave

    What a pile of shallow, candy-striped, fresh-faced bollocks the LTWATW was; Poor Tilda Swinton; trapped in that grotesque costume, ruling over a Macy's Christmas window. Nobody to fight but a bunch of gay-ass public school kids with their cheeks filled with marbles.