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AICN Breaking NARNIA Exclusive: Mrs Beaver feels the director of THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is very Apted!

Hey folks, Harry here... Today, at my new house, my crazed Pommeranian went bark crazy when there came a short rapping at my chamber door. "Tis some visitor," I muttered... rapping at my chamber door. Ah, distinctly I remember, as each separate dying ember wrought its ghost... why am I ripping off Poe on a C.S. Lewis story? Anyway - Mrs. Beaver visited me... and after my Pom was drugged, I had some nice cookies and tea with Mrs. Beaver and asked her why she was visiting. Turns out, Mrs. Beaver came a very long way to chat with me about THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. We all heard that Andrew Adamson was vying out of the directing duties on DAWN TREADER, the third Narnia film... He's still going to produce the film, but a new director was needed. Mrs. Beaver came directly to me to share the scoop. The director of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is... MICHAEL APTED!!! That's right, the tremendous director behind the __ UP series of docs, GORKY PARK, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, GORILLAS IN THE MIST, the criminally underrated THUNDERHEART... and most recently AMAZING GRACE! Given Michael's upbringing in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England... Given that the first Narnia book was written when Apted was a strapping 8 years old... and continued to come out through him reaching the age of 13... the PRIME ages to have read that series... I'm betting that he's a huge honking NARNIA fan from the get go. All I know is that Apted is a damn fine director and he's never really tackled material on this scale, closest being his Bond film, but that's nothing near THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER in terms of scope or effects. But hopefully his enthusiasm and attention to detail will give us something remarkable!

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  • April 17, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Lets get through Prince Caspian first. . .

    by Rikrik the White

    uhhh, yeah.

  • April 17, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    No love For Extreme Measures?

    by supersize


  • April 17, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Mrs. Beaver

    by Mullah Omar

    ...and she says the judge finally issued a restraining order against Borat.

  • April 17, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by maluquiro

    is a really good documentary.

  • April 17, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by Fing Fang Foom

    I mean,... whatever.

  • April 17, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Odds are 10:1

    by Quin the Eskimo

    the CHUD guys will act like meaniepants assholes when they report this. Also, I remeber reading an interview with him a while back (ebert may have done the interviewing) and I was struck positivly by his work ethic.

  • April 17, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Larry of Arabia

    My favorite of the Narnia books has a great director. I don't care if he's never handled "big" epics, he will get the heart of the story while the second unit focuses on the battles.

  • April 17, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by bbf203

    He did some great work directing a bunch of episodes of the first season of HBO's Rome, including the first episode.

  • April 17, 2007, 9:50 p.m. CST

    vying out?

    by I87D

    sorry, but since vying usually means "in competition for" I couldn't tell what you were saying about Adamson -- did he want to direct (vying for the job) or was he being forced out? context clues tell me he's more Columbus than Burton on this one. ps - i hate it when people answer their own questions, but post about them anyway in the talkback. kinda annoying.

  • April 17, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Third Tuesday This Month Without DVD Column

    by Bungion Boy

    But Harry has time to report rumors on a film that's what? Five years away? Oh well. Can't say I totally blame him. Voyage was probably my favorite Narnia book. Or maybe Silver Chair. And Michael Apted is a good choice. Hope it's better than the first film, which I didn't totally love. But back to my original point, come on Harry. Let's get back to the DVD reports. Or give it back to Moriarty. I've spoken my peace.

  • April 17, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Anyone but Adamson.

    by Kasch

    Hopefully this will be like the Harry Potter films - a hack director makes the first two installments before the series finally gets the right treatment from a real filmmaker. Time will tell.

  • April 17, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Sincerest thanks

    by Immortal_Fish

    AICN often favors criticism of christianity when compared to other religions. Congrats on taking the high road.

  • April 18, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST

    First time beaver ever sought out Harry

    by Horace Cox

    Just kidding big man. Sort of...

  • April 18, 2007, 12:37 a.m. CST

    criminally underrated THUNDERHEART

    by GQtaste

    Lets not get crazy here. From what I remember of that one was a vanity project for Kilmer. And a very boring one too.

  • April 18, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by NachoNegro

    Let's see how Prince Caspian turns out first. LWW was... underwhelming. OK in parts, but not how I ever imagined Narnia.

  • April 18, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    this would make more sense if it were harry potter

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    what with the up series and all.

  • April 18, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    From the director of THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH!

    by DerLanghaarige

    Worst Bond ever. And he made that bad J.Lo film, in which she kills her abusive husband. ^^

  • April 18, 2007, 2:25 a.m. CST

    This is going to flop without Kirstin Dunst

    by Mike_D

    they better hire her AS mrs. Beaver before its too late!

  • April 18, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You've obviously never seen Die Another Day then?

  • April 18, 2007, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by Hyphin

    You said Die Another Day and out of nowhere, nausea hit me.<p>Hah, man that one sucked. Who knew they could come back?<P>Dawn Treader is a fantastic story. It really is. I actually look forward to it more than Prince Caspian. Then again, I wish Silver Chair would get here faster, too.<p>So, how many are heading out to the bookstores midnight for Deathly Hallows?

  • April 18, 2007, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    I saw it and I still think that WORLD is the worst Bond.

  • April 18, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    A View To A Kill

    by palimpsest

    That's one shonky movie. Apted? Capable, competent director. Nice guy, with his heart in the right place (see the UP docs for all the evidence you'd ever need). It would be good to see a slightly left-field choice for this kinda material. If we're employing middle-aged Brits, why not Alan Parker?

  • April 18, 2007, 6:22 a.m. CST

    All for the new director provided...

    by ROBE

    ... he understands he is do the next part of a series and doesn't go for re-imagining. Fortunately with the Narnia series they naturally hop from one time period to another and visit new locations.

  • April 18, 2007, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Yeah, he made that awful bond film

    by Vicenzo

    The one with Denise Richards as a rocket scientist.

  • April 18, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    harry's pomeranian

    by PotSmokinAlien

    that is the most salient proof that this fiancee of yours actually exists, friend.

  • April 18, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Apted used to do good film work,but turned into a hack

    by Greg7007

    Andrew Adamson is such a lousy live action director, that any news of someone else taking over with Narnia is good. Apted did do very good work in the films Harry mentioned, but in recent years seems to have unfortunately turned into a hack over the last 12 years.

  • April 18, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is Not Enough.

    by Rikrik the White

    Yeah, I hope this director can pull this off. I am a huge Bond fan, and the best thing about "The World is Not Enough" is Garbage's Music Video. Why don't they just enslave Peter Jackson and force him to make these films?

  • April 18, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Dawn Treader

    by PwnedByStallone

    It's the worst book of the series. Seriously. Don't make a movie out of it. I'd take a Magician's Nephew or a Horse and His Boy over a Dawn Treader movie in a heart beat.

  • April 18, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Thunderheart is a great movie.

    by PwnedByStallone

    One of my favorites. Kicking Bird is great as the Sheriff in that movie. The World is not Enough is indeed the worst Bond ever. Denise Richards as a fake breasted nuclear physicist runnign around in short shorts? Even for a fucking Bond movie that is hard to believe. Die Another Day was ok. The sword fight made that one worth watching.

  • April 18, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Denise Richards as a Rocket Scientist

    by Itchy

    That still gets a chuckle out of me. Then again, I have to imagine the chicks attending physics class at the local Univeristy aren't much to look at, so why wouldn't some doddering old geek toss her a passing grade for a hummer.

  • April 18, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia book

    by ar42

    Actually, the only one I really remember anything about. Sailing to the edge of the world kicks ass!

  • April 18, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Plus the name- Christmas Jones, or whatever the hell her last name was. But I gotta admit I had to think about it more when someone put it this way: we can accept James Bond breaking out of his restraints in an airplane that is about to crash, pummeling a few bad guys, and leaping out of a plane sans chute to catch the only guy with a chute, put the beat down on him and float down to safety before landing .. where this time the ladies only bisexual nudist camp and champagned tasting seminar,but..... we can't picture Denise Richards as a rocket scientist?

  • April 18, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST

    This means they need to get busy

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    doing the Silver Chair and Last Battler as Eustace Clarence Scrubb is in all three. Although my least favorite, you can't omit Silver Chair because it introduces Jill Pole who is in the last battle. Plus the question in Last Battle is will they use the same actors for Pevenses (sp whatever) or not. Plus you would need to use the same professor actor from Wardrobe to play the "Lord Digory? Okay, I know none of this will ever happen, but in theory...... Oh yeah, and Horse and His Boy will never be made because it will offend the Muslims. Oh, but Last Battle will do the same. Crap. Okay, I guess we settle for the first three books (published date, not chronological) and may Magicians Nephew. Nephew could even be filmed simultaneously.

  • April 18, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    TWINE was weak

    by Osmosis Jones

    Certianly not the "Worst Bond Ever!" (that's DUD...uh, I mean DAD), but it squandered some interesting ideas for clumsy action setpieces and Richards' ludicrous "scientist".

  • April 18, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    The guy who did "Amazing Grace"?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Screw that noise. They should get the guy who did "Amazing Grace & Chuck".

  • April 18, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Itchy gets it. . .

    by Rikrik the White

    Why doesn't everyone else? But you forgot to mention that Bond does it all without so much as getting a wrinkle in his tux.

  • April 18, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    This year's little Coal Miner's Daughter!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Whatever happened to the "Tripods" books being made into films?

  • April 19, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    First Narnia film sucked.

    by Veraxus

    "First Narnia" is so much easier to type than "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Anyway, in order to make the PG rating, they had to cut A LOT of important footage - making the film feel incomplete, jumpy, and obviously censored. I don't think I'll bother seeing another one of these films until they get over their PG-13-phobia.

  • April 19, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the first should have been so much better

    by performingmonkey

    It was OK but we're talking one of the most well-loved book series ever, 'OK' just isn't enough. It's good that they have taken an extra long break before doing Prince Caspian because that might mean it'll be a leap forward. The four kids might seem too old though. Caspian is the one they'll have to invent a HELL of a lot for. They probably will with The Last Battle as well. What I would do is shoot Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle together, combining them into one movie so we see the birth and death of Narnia. Like someone else said, it's doubtful that they'll do The Horse And His Boy, even though it's good. The story is that the white son of the King has somehow grown up a slave to a 'dark-skinned' man of Calormen and he escapes to the north with a talking horse from Narnia. I suppose they could do it and modernise it but it's like a side story off from the main Narnia story.

  • April 19, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Denise Richards in World is not Enough hehe

    by tylermo

    Admittedly, James Bond is nothing but unrealistic, but Denise Richards as a convincing nuclear physicist was even more so. Even the Bond girl name, Christmas Jones, was one of the worst. Probably came up with the name just to be able to use that groaner joke at the end about Christmas only coming once a year. Either way, the only academy award she was in danger of getting for that film was, "Best brief wet t-shirt nipple in a motion picture" Just my thought.