December 3, 2010 |
Moviegoers will see all sorts of miracles in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," including a painting that springs to life, a star that becomes incarnate, and a book that conjures up spells. The companies behind the latest big-screen adaptation from C.S. Lewis' classic book series hope the film will perform a different kind of miracle: revive a stalled franchise. Producers Walden Media and 20th Century Fox believe that the third "Narnia" picture, which opens Dec. 10, can reclaim the fans who embraced 2005's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" but who were turned off by the darker 2008 sequel "Prince Caspian," whose comparatively poor performance raised serious doubts about the series' future.
August 14, 2009 |
"Bandslam" is a pretty good movie given that the odds of it having been a pretty bad movie were steep. On its face, it sounds like the highest-possible fructose corn syrup: Lonely new kid in town, pours his heart out in unanswered letters to David Bowie, becomes manager of teen band fronted by cutest girl on planet. If band wins big Bandslam contest, it's a record deal and fame and so long, high school, it's been good to know ya'. Here's the surprise: "Bandslam" may come from synthetic materials, but the characters are a little more complicated than usual.
December 25, 2008 |
As Hollywood grapples with the difficult economics of its business, Walt Disney Studios has canceled plans to partner on the next film in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." A Disney spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that the Burbank studio decided not to exercise its option to co- finance the third movie in the franchise based on C.S. Lewis' classic children's books because of "budgetary considerations."
November 15, 2008 |
Walden Media co-Chief Executive Cary Granat is leaving the company, the latest shake-up to hit billionaire Philip Anschutz's entertainment firm. The move came as little surprise. It had been widely known in Hollywood that Walden management had been interviewing potential successors, including former Disney Studios executive Nina Jacobson. In March, the Century City-based company hired ex-Imagine Films President Michael Bostick as its top creative executive.
May 16, 2008 |
"Things never happen the same way twice," Aslan the all powerful says in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," and although the lion king is referring to the ways of the world, he might be talking about this film as well. The sequel to 2005's hugely popular "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which was the first of C.S. Lewis' seven-volume Narnia series to be filmed by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, "Prince Caspian" is both like its predecessor and different from it. Though it retains a kid-friendly PG rating and is directed with a surer hand by the returning Andrew Adamson, this film is noticeably darker in tone, even beginning with the piercing scream of a woman in childbirth.
May 13, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Walden Media, which has produced 15 films based on children's books, is getting into the publishing business in conjunction with HarperCollins. The company, which has adapted such HarperCollins titles as "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Bridge to Terabithia" and "Charlotte's Web" for the screen, will be launching Walden Pond Press, acquiring and publishing books for children, the companies said Monday.