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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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The new film is based on the third of Lewis' seven-book "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. Published between 1950 and 1956 and long regarded as one of literature's most enduring and imaginative works, Lewis' books have sold over 100,000,000 copies in over 50 different languages. The movie based on Lewis' first "Narnia book, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", became one of 2005's biggest earners. In 2008 came the second film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", one of that year's biggest hits.
Now, for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media have joined forces to bring the film series back to its illustrious roots - with everything that delighted the books' and films' legions of fans. Distinguished filmmaker Michael Apted, whose many credits include the James Bond film "The World Is Not Enough", as well as the award-winning hits "Gorillas in the Mist" and "Coal Miner's Daughter", is at the helm of the new film. Returning cast members from the first two films are Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie and Skandar Keynes as Edmund Pevensie, and Tilda Swinton makes a memorable re-appearance as The White Witch. From the second film, Ben Barnes reprises the role of Caspian. London-based teenager Will Poulter portrays Lucy and Edmund's annoying cousin Eustace. British comic actor Simon Pegg is the voice of Reepicheep, the valiant, swashbuckling mouse, and Liam Neeson returns as the voice of the all-powerful ruler of Narnia, Aslan the Lion.
While relinquishing the director's chair this time out, filmmaker Andrew Adamson ("Shrek", "Shrek 2") returns as one of the film's three producers, reteaming with his colleagues from the first two "Narnia" epics --Academy Award winner Mark Johnson ("Rain Man") and industry veteran Philip Steuer ("The Rookie", "The Alamo"). Also back for their third Narnian adventure are executive producers Perry Moore and C.S. Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian") and Michael Petroni.
The story's human cast is once again complemented by a gallery of original creatures brought to life through the combined efforts of live-action work and CGI animation, the latter guided by visual effects supervisor Angus Bickerton ("The Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons"). Oscar(R) winners Howard Berger and Tami Lane, also back for their third "Narnia" film, oversee the prosthetic makeup effects for many of the new characters, including otherworldly creatures called Dufflepuds.
Principal photography on THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER began on location in Queensland, Australia, on July 27, 2009, where the entire 90-day production was mounted. Studio work encompassed several sound stages at the Warner Roadshow facility in Gold Coast (the country's sixth largest city), which houses the Southern Hemisphere's largest exterior water tank - a crucial element of the production.
In addition to the studio work, key locations included a seaside peninsula northeast of the studio called Cleveland Point, where the film's title character, the majestic Dawn Treader, was erected for over three weeks of outdoor filming. The 140-foot, 125-ton design was then disassembled in over fifty sections and trucked back to the studio for several weeks of interior stage work. Principal photography wrapped in November 2009, with a yearlong post-production schedule leading to the film's global release on December 10, 2010.
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