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Chronicles of Narnia, The: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.
Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter
Michael Petroni, Richard LaGravanese
In the enchanted land of Narnia, Edmund and Lucy join King Caspian on a sworn mission to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. So begins a perilous new quest that takes them to the farthest edge of the Eastern world on board the mighty Dawn Treader. Sailing uncharted seas, the old friends must survive a terrible storm, encounters with sea serpents, dragons and invisible enemies to reach lands where magicians weave mysterious spells and nightmares come true. They need every ounce of courage and the help of the great lion Aslan to triumph in their most hazardous adventure of all.
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Gresham: Sailing Through Troubled Waters
The third film in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is about to hit theaters. It's been an interesting ride thus far for this film, and I recently had a chance to chat with Executive Producer Douglas Gresham—who as you may know, also happens to be the stepson of C.S. Lewis—about the interesting journey the Dawn Treader has taken to get to the big screen.
Me: It seems like Dawn Treader is a pivotal film so far as the future of the franchise goes. How do you feel about that? Is there a lot riding on this film so far as what happens next?
DG: Yes, of course, but it's no different from the others. I mean Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, when we did the first one, we knew that we wouldn't be doing a second one unless we had a success on our hands, and the public were very generous and supported us majestically on that movie. Then we knew with Prince Caspian that we wouldn't be doing a third one unless we had a success on our hands, and of course Prince Caspian did very well at the box office despite some of the things that have been said about it. We took four hundred and twenty, I think, million dollars, which isn't bad; it makes it a blockbuster hit. So of course, whether we make the fourth one depends on how the public supports us with Voyage of the Dawn Treader. So you know, take your friends, take your friends friends, take your enemies too—you're supposed to love them as well, you know—and take everyone and go and see the movie if you want another Narnia film to be made.
Me: It's been an interesting voyage for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader so far as actually getting to the screen, especially with the changing of distribution companies. Do have any thoughts on how that went down and why that change was made?
DG: Yeah, well, you know it's interesting, I think the enemy has finally woken up to what we're doing here and the fact that we're doing some good in the world and trying to stop us because this movie was, in various ways, attacked more than the other two put together. We had all kinds of stuff going on with this movie. We had people who were losing loved ones, we had marriages exploding all over the place, you know all sorts of attacks on people's personal lives were going on while we were shooting and making the movie and so forth. It's been a hard one, it's been a tough one to make for all kinds of reason. Our distributor house dropping out, you know, at the last minute didn't help, of course. But, I have to say there was a queue of other studios sort of waiting to pick up the reins. Whatever it was that stimulated that decision, I think the other studios saw it somewhat as a foolish step to take because they were all ready to jump in. Of course we went with Fox, who I've always wanted to work with, by the way. They're a great company. So that's where we are today, and we got a beautiful and exciting and very moving and humorous movie for everyone to look at.
Me: You know, Dawn Treader is one of my favorite books...
DG: Mmm, mine too.
Me: I know a lot of people prefer The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but Dawn Treader was always the one that captured my imagination the most. When I heard about what was happening with the budget of this movie, all the wrangling of how much the budget would be so on and so forth, I was thinking that of all the movies, it seemed to me that this was one that would require a lot of big-budget special effects and location shoots. How did that all work out with figuring out the budget and how that would fit with a story that's so expansive as the Dawn Treader goes on its journey?
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