I wrote this article about two years ago, but decided not to publish it then, because of the reaction from a few people. I decided that it’s time to publish it, however. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about this concept.  It’s actually something that has been rolling around in my head for many years, but I’ve always known how people would react to it.  The response would be extremely negative.  In fact, when I posted this article in a pair of groups on Facebook to get feedback, that’s exactly the response that I got.  One person called the mere idea a travesty.  Much discussion followed, and I’ve heard the most negative of reactions to this idea possible.  To those that will, inevitably, also hate this idea: you have been heard.  Take comfort in the fact that this project is only in my own mind, and not something that I expect to ever actually come to fruition.

The idea resurfaced when I saw a book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.  The book was John Carter: The Movie Novelization.  It’s a very thick book that is 555 pages long and is based on the motion picture screenplay.  On the inside of the book it says the following:

John Carter: The Movie Novelization by Stuart Moore, based on the screenplay by Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the story A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Also includes: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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vsMoviefone is holding a Summer Sequel Smack Down.  In the running for the best Fantasy sequel, we have four franchises in the running: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and Twilight.  It stands to reason that The Lord of the Rings and Narnia should outclass Harry Potter and Twilight, but that will only happen if we work together.  If you watched what happened with the MTV Movie Awards, the Twilight fans are prepared to do whatever it takes, by whatever means, to try and win for their cast.  This is our chance to put Narnia into the limelight, where it belongs.

Moviefone asked me to write up a few hundred words for why I feel each of the Narnia movies is better than the Harry Potter films it is up against.   I had a bit of fun with it, as I’ve only seen the two Harry Potter films once or twice.

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Bille Brown, Coriakin in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has died

Bille Brown Bille_Brown_002Veteran Australian stage actor Bille Brown has died today after a short battle with bowel cancer.  He was 61.  He played Coriakin in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), but his stage career stretches well beyond.  With four decades of work with the Queensland Theatre Company, he was one of the first to join.  He was part of 29 different productions with the QTC, and had produced four of his own written works.

“The artistic community of Queensland and Australia has lost a true gentleman. We are part of Bille’s legacy,” QTC artistic director Wesley Enoch said.  “Every actor, playwright, director, stage manager, designer, musician and all the teams who work in theatre in Queensland owe Bille a huge debt.  He brought a sense of adventure, love and respect. His talent and love survives in us all.”

The Biloela-born actor worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for a number of years between 1976 and 1996 and toured throughout Europe with them.  He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his service to the performing arts as an actor and playwright.  He was also made an honorary Queensland Doctorate of Letters from the University of Queensland.

It’s always sad when a member of the Narnia family dies, but he leaves behind a legacy.

-via and thanks to Tony Nixon for telling us about it.

Stan Winston School of Character Arts has posted an interview with Howard Berger.  He created all of the creatures in Narnia, from the Minotaurs to the Satyrs and beyond.  Being on the set for filming on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I had a chance to spend a lot of time with him and his team.

In 2006 Howard earned an Academy Award for Best Makeup for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. He also won the British Academy Award and Saturn Award that same year for the film’s prosthetic makeup.

 

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Narnia Essentials: Productive September for Lewis

Today kicks off the first of several books by C.S. Lewis that were released in the month of September. It was on this date back in 1954 that The Horse and His Boy became available. At the time it was the fifth title in The Chronicles of Narnia. However, today it is numbered third because of when the events occur in the story compared to the other stories. (If you are not familiar with the issue of which order to read the books in, be sure to check out What Order should I read the Chronicles of Narnia?). On September 7, 1953 The Silver Chair was published and then just over a week later, on September 15, 1952 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was first available to read.

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If you’re in the market for props from the set of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we’ve got someone that is trying to sell a pair of candles that sat on Aslan’s Table in the film.  The candles are stunningly beautiful.  I had a chance to see them up close when I visited the Aslan’s Table set during filming.

2 x standing peacocks ‘used’ in the Aslan’s Table scene.
Just under 1 meter tall each.
Made from resin poured in molds and spray painted with gold.

Each peacock has 3 tubes running through the middle. Two for wires which would cause a spark and one for lighting fluid which would keep it lit. The candles are a hard plastic and fake with real candle wax poured down the sides and allowed to drip over the peacocks body. The same candles that I own….were made to look exactly like Narnian candles.

The scene was shot over two days with some real food and some fake food. Shrimp were real and started smelling foul after a while with hot lighting. The goblets were plastic throw-away cups spray painted with gold paint. A local chef carved two watermelons for the table.

We’ve stumbled upon some more art that was prepared for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  One piece that I absolutely love is art that was done that would have set up The Silver Chair beautifully.  It was a divergent part of the story that was in an earlier screenplay for Dawn Treader in which the Lady of the Green Kirtle (aka Emerald Witch) appears.  It kind of cements the concept that the Green Mist was an extension of her / foreshadowing her as a greater problem.

It makes me wish that The Silver Chair had worked out and they were actually building that set at this moment.  It’s simply stunning to me.

The other two pieces of art kind of played out on screen, when the Pevensies and Caspian took a look at the map at the magician’s house.

-via The Film Artist

Voyage of the Dawn Treader Concept Art

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader went through many drafts and story re-writes before it became the film that we all saw a little more than a year ago.  Concept Artist Justin Sweet posted pieces of concept art that he had done for the film a few years ago, just last week.

If you take a look, you’ll see that the merfolk played a much larger role in the story when he was working on concept art for the film.

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Narnia series sails back into popularity, With Help of Beatwax

Having taken part in this promotion, I can tell you that it was unlike anything that I have ever done before, or been a part of. I am still in touch with many of the people that both put this on, and went on the voyage. To be able to do something like this was a unique opportunity that I will always remember very fondly, and am proud to say that I was there. To be ungrateful for this trip, would be shoving it in the face of all those that wanted to be there, but could not. I still wear my crew jacket and vest with pride, and I always tell people that, yes, I have sailed around Cornwall on The Dawn Treader. Here’s a report of the campaign.

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Mark Johnson on Narnia, Future Plans

Variety has a new article today that has a few anecdotes from Mark Johnson about the filming of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well as his thoughts about the future of the franchise, which echoes my own feelings.

The article is called “Mark Johnson: Playing ‘Narnia’ nanny” and is part of their Youth Impact Report 2011: Bigscreen Chaperones.

Impact: Shepherded the two youngest “Chronicles of Narnia” stars into leading roles in “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
Next: The adaptation of the classic Chicano coming-of-age story, “Bless Me, Ultima.”
Causes: Westside Children’s Center, which his wife, Lezlie, founded in 1987.

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