The Chronicles of Narnia (film series)

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The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia logo.svg
Directed by Andrew Adamson (12)
Michael Apted (3)
Joe Johnston (4)
Produced by Mark Johnson (13)
Philip Steuer (13)
Andrew Adamson (23)
Mark Gordon (4)
Douglas Gresham (4)
Vincent Sieber (4)
Melvin Adams (4)
Screenplay by Ann Peacock (1)
Andrew Adamson (12)
Christopher Markus (13)
Stephen McFeely (13)
Michael Petroni (3)
David Magee (4)
Based on The Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis
Starring Georgie Henley
Skandar Keynes
William Moseley
Anna Popplewell
Ben Barnes
Will Poulter
Andi Horton
Tilda Swinton
Liam Neeson
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams (12)
David Arnold (3)
Cinematography Donald McAlpine (1)
Karl Walter Lindenlaub (2)
Dante Spinotti (3)
Edited by Sim Evan-Jones (12)
Rick Shaine (3)
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
1: 8 December 2005
2: 16 May 2008
3: 10 December 2010
Running time
410 minutes (13)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget Total (3 films):
$560 million
Box office Total (3 films):
$1,580,364,900

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of novels by C. S. Lewis. From the seven novels, 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)—which have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide among them.

The series revolves around the adventures of children in the world of Narnia, guided by Aslan, a wise and powerful lion that can speak and is the true king of Narnia. The children heavily featured in the films are the Pevensie siblings, and a prominent antagonist is the White Witch (also known as Jadis).

The first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson and the third film was directed by Michael Apted. The fourth film will be directed by Joe Johnston.

Development[edit]

C. S. Lewis never sold the film rights to the Narnia series during his lifetime, as he was skeptical that any cinematic adaptation could render the more fantastical elements and characters of the story realistically.[a] 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.

Although the plan was originally to produce the films in the same order as the book series' original publication, it was reported that The Magician's Nephew, which recounts the creation of Narnia, would be the fourth feature film in the series, instead of The Silver Chair. It was rumoured that The Magician's Nephew was chosen as an attempt to reboot the series, after the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader grossed less when compared to the two previous films.[1] In March 2011, Walden Media confirmed that they intended The Magician's Nephew to be next in the series, but stressed that it was not yet in development.[2]

In October 2011, Douglas Gresham stated that Walden Media's contract with the C. S. Lewis estate had expired, hinting that Walden Media's lapse in renegotiating their contract with the C. S. Lewis estate was due to internal conflicts between both companies about the direction of future films.[3]

On 1 October 2013, The C. S. Lewis Company announced a parthernship with The Mark Gordon Company, and that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair was officially in pre-production.[4]

Films[edit]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)[edit]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the novel of the same title, is the first film in the series. Directed by Andrew Adamson, it was shot mainly in New Zealand, though locations were used in Poland, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

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 Narnia under an eternal winter.

The film was released theatrically on 9 December 2005 and on DVD on 4 April 2006 and grossed over $745 million worldwide.

Prince Caspian (2008)[edit]

Prince Caspian, based on the novel of the same title, is the second film in the series and the last distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The story follows four British children who were transported to Narnia in the previous film returning to Narnia, where 1,300 years have passed and the land has been invaded by Telmarines. The four Pevensie children aid Prince Caspian in his struggle for the throne against his corrupt uncle, King Miraz.

The film was released on 16 May 2008. It grossed $419 million worldwide.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)[edit]

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, based on the novel of the same title, is the first film in the series not to be co-produced by Disney, who dropped out over a budget dispute with Walden Media. In February 2009 it was announced that 20th Century Fox would replace Disney for future installments. Directed by Michael Apted, the movie was filmed almost entirely in Australia.

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

The film was released on 10 December 2010 (in RealD 3D in select theatres) and grossed over $415 million worldwide.

The Silver Chair (TBA)[edit]

After Walden Media's contract of the series' film rights expired in 2011 it was originally assumed that 2014 would be the earliest that production on another Narnia film could begin according to the moratorium placed on the C. S. Lewis estate's right to sell the books' film option. On 1 October 2013, The C. S. Lewis Company announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Mark Gordon Company to produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on The Silver Chair. Mark Gordon and Douglas Gresham along with Vincent Sieber, the Los Angeles based director of The C. S. Lewis Company, would serve as producers and work with The Mark Gordon Company on developing the script.[4] On 5 December 2013, it was announced that David Magee would write the screenplay.[6]

In July 2014, the official Narnia website allowed the opportunity for fans to suggest names for the Lady of the Green Kirtle, the main antagonist. The winning name is to be selected by Mark Gordon and David Magee for use in the final script of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.[7]

While the film's producers have been calling the film a "reboot" to the series, in actuality this is referring to the fact that the film has a new creative team not associated with those who worked on the previous three films. The film itself is still considered to be a sequel to the film adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[8][9] On 9 August 2016, it was announced that Sony's TriStar Productions and Entertainment One Films will finance and distribute the fourth film with Mark Gordon Company (which eOne owns 51% of) and C. S. Lewis Company.[10]

In April 2017 it was announced that Joe Johnston had been hired to direct The Silver Chair.[11]

Main cast[edit]

Children[edit]

  • Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie, title: Queen Lucy the Valiant, the youngest Pevensie child and a Queen of Narnia during the Golden Age.
  • Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, title: King Edmund the Just; the younger Pevensie child and a King of Narnia during the Golden Age.
  • William Moseley as Peter Pevensie, title: High King Peter the Magnificent, the eldest Pevensie child and the High King of Narnia during the Golden Age.
  • Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie, title: Queen Susan the Gentle, the elder Pevensie child and a Queen of Narnia during the Golden Age.
  • Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb, the Pevensie children's arrogant cousin. He will return to Narnia with his friend Jill Pole in The Silver Chair.

Other main characters[edit]

  • Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan, the magnificent and majestically powerful lion who helps govern and maintain order in Narnia; a mystical world of his own creation. He is the only main character to appear in all seven books.
  • Tilda Swinton as Jadis, the White Witch; the former queen of Charn and a witch who ruled Narnia after being released in The Magician's Nephew and during the events of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Ben Barnes as Caspian X (Also known as "Prince Caspian"), the Telmarine prince who becomes King of Narnia after overthrowing his evil uncle Miraz.
  • Eddie Izzard and later Simon Pegg as the voice of Reepicheep, in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, (respectively), the noble and courageous mouse who fights for Aslan and the freedom of Narnia.

Crew[edit]

Role Film
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair
2005 2008 2010 TBA
Director(s) Andrew Adamson Michael Apted Joe Johnston
Producer(s) Mark Johnson and Phillip Steuer Mark Johnson, Andrew Adamson and Phillip Steuer Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams
Writer(s) Ann Peacock and Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Andrew Adamson & Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni David Magee
Composer(s) Harry Gregson-Williams David Arnold TBA
Cinematographer(s) Donald McAlpine Karl Walter Lindenlaub Dante Spinotti TBA
Editor(s) Sim Evan-Jones Rick Shaine TBA
U.S. release date 9 December 2005 16 May 2008 10 December 2010 TBA
Distributor(s) Buena Vista Pictures Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 20th Century Fox Sony Pictures Releasing and Entertainment One

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
(million)
Ref
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe December 9, 2005 $65,556,312 $291,710,957 $453,302,158 $745,013,115 #58 #61 $180 [12]
Prince Caspian May 16, 2008 $55,034,805 $141,621,490 $278,044,078 $419,665,568 #305 #184 $225 [13]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader December 10, 2010 $24,005,069 $104,386,950 $311,299,267 $415,686,217 #546 #186 $155 [14]
Total $537719397 $1042645503 $1580364900 $560 [15][16]
Average $179.2 million $347.5 million $526.8 million

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 75% (212 reviews)[17] 75 (39 reviews)[18] A+[19]
Prince Caspian 67% (188 reviews)[20] 62 (34 reviews)[21] A−[19]
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 49% (160 reviews)[22] 53 (33 reviews)[23] A−[19]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A general dislike of cinema is 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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "'Narnia': Walden, Fox in discussions on 'The Magician's Nephew'". Inside movies. EW. 23 Oct 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gresham Shares Plans for Next Narnia Film". Narnia Web. May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Fourth "Chronicles of Narnia" Movie in Works from Mark Gordon Co". Deadline. Oct 2013. 
  5. ^ Alexonx (10 November 2010). "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-Spectacular trailer". filmissimo.it. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "‘Narnia’ Sequel Taps David Magee to Write Script". The Wrap. 5 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Enter The Silver Chair Movie Contest!". Narnia.com. 
  8. ^ "Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair to Reboot the Franchise". Collider. 12 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Katharine Trendacosta. "With This Chronicles of Narnia News, the Word 'Reboot' Is Officially Gibberish". io9. Gawker Media. 
  10. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (9 August 2016). "TriStar, Mark Gordon & eOne Revive ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’ With ‘The Silver Chair’". Deadline. 
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin. "‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’". Variety.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
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  14. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  15. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia Moviesat the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ "'Narnia' Vs. 'Narnia'". Box office mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c "Cinema score". Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  23. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 

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