In case you haven’t heard it’s going to be a while before there will be a new Narnia movie. Most of you reading this already know this fact, so why do I bother stating the obvious? Can I not help myself in being the bearer of (old) bad news? Actually, I feel somewhat obligated and I have the Internet to blame for it!
What do I mean? Thanks to the Internet you can search for anything…including old news stories. More specifically, since I began writing my new column here I notice a curious statistic. At least over the last couple of weeks several dozens of people each day have viewed an old story from this site proclaiming a certain book will be the fourth Narnia film. The title of that story makes it show high in the results of searches and more likely to be read. Since that time there have been further updates, like “More Information on the Future of Narnia on Film” and “Douglas Gresham Talks…” From this updated information we know the production of the movies are on hold and at last word it is likely four more years before any will begin. So, remember it can take a couple of years before a movie is released after filming starts…can anyone say “2018?” Could something change and a movie hit the big screen sooner? I certainly hope so!
Fans of Narnia won’t have to wait to long for another Narnia related flick, but this time, CS Lewis’ beloved fantasy world is going to be visited by Jim Henson’s lovable bunch of weirdos The Muppets! Hot off their success from last Christmas’s big screen revival, The Muppets are slated to be featured in a brand new 2 hour special called The Muppets in Narnia!
Christianity Today has published a wonderful interview of Will Poulter, who plays Eustace Clarence Scrubb, in the upcoming film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Mark Moring, who wrote the article for Christianity Today, calls Will “The best thing about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader“! In the interview, Will discusses what it was like to play a jerk kid-Eustace, as well as the significance of turning into a dragon, how he understood the story as a child when he first read the books, and some other themes of the book/film.
Today narniafans.com got a chance to catch up with Georgie Henley (who plays Lucy Pevensie) and Will Poulter (Eustace Clarence Scrubb) in Los Angeles preparing for their Taubman Narnian Ice Palace presentation, which features scenes from the upcoming film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. (See our previous news article for more info).
We spoke with the two on what it was like during the filming process, what their favourite parts of filming as well as the books were, and what the most significant themes of the film are. We also asked Will what it was like to break in as the “new guy” and what it was like for Georgie to film her last scene, as the major character, plus much more!
We were particularly struck by how thoughtful and articulate Georgie and Will’s answers were, and how warm, gracious, and personally engaging they were as people. In the beginning of the video, we mention Paul Martin’s engagement on the set of the Dawn Treader, the now famous event which he and his now lovely bride Courtney were able to share together, and we also mention some personal info about us who conducted the interview. The full interview starts around 0:40, and the whole video lasts 11 min, 45 sec.
Please see the video below for the full interview. Furthermore, below the video is a full transcript of the interview. Enjoy! (And stay tuned for more coverage of their Ice Palace opening ceremony tomorrow from narniafans.com!)
Narniafans.com had the chance to visit the Taubman Narnia Ice Palace Mall event in Los Angeles, CA today, and we had the privilege of getting a sneak peak and taking some pictures of the Ice Palace display! As a reminder, this is just a preview of the set, which will be fully put together by tomorrow, for the lighting ceremony!
The main ice palace is filled with beautiful TV’s which play scenes from the movies, amid falling snow inside. Also, attached to the ice palace there is a lovely ice throne (which reminds movie fans of Edmund’s throne in Cair Paravel!), which feels cold to the touch.
There’s a Timeline tab where you can play trivia games and earn points to unlock special secrets. And if you’d like to send free Narnia-themed gifts to your friends on Facebook, there’s a Gifts tab, as well as a Books tab where you can read the first few chapters of all the Narnia books.
They’re excited for the Voyage of the Dawn Treader film, and they hope these special extras help in tiding over all the Narnia fans until the big opening day.
Narnia Fans Spy Shad sent us an e-mail about a video podcast regarding the Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre that they created, and the difficulties they had while creating The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
He writes: whitsendblog.org (the site for Focus on the Family’s “Adventures in Odyssey”) just released a video podcast talking with the creators of Focus on the Family Radio Theatre.
They give insight into the challenges of creating LWW. They also spoke with a Foley artist who gave some demonstrations of what it was like bringing The Chronicles of Narnia to life.
Not only that, the Radio Theatre is back on the air starting [October 9] with VDT.
We have just received word that a 7.0 earthquake has struck Christchurch, on the South Island of New Zealand. The quake hit at 4:35 AM New Zealand time. Strong aftershocks have been reported, including one measuring at a 5.3 magnitude.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film composer David Arnold today announced details of his second annual Concert for Care, a charity event for Care International at the Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 18 that will feature one of the biggest ever gatherings of top movie composers.
Hey, everybody! Welcome to an extra special edition of Tumnus’s Bookshelf. We are privileged to have been asked by author CS Lakin to review The Wolf of Tebron, the first installment of her Narnia-inspired fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven.