Allison and I gave the kids “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” movie for Christmas. We just finished watching the film – it was my first time; Alli and the little ones had seen it before. Though it didn’t blow me away like the “Lord of the Rings” movies did, I thought it was a solid rendition of C.S. Lewis’s first book of the Chronicles of Narnia. I’d give it 3 out of 4 stars.
As a person who likes having an extended Christian allegory in the mix of modern fantasy films, I am looking forward to seeing the other 6 books made into film.
At least I was…until I read this disappointing bit of news from the MTV Movies Blog:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has jumped ship on the third “Narnia” film, leaving Walden Media without a co-financier.
The third installment was already in the pre-production stages, with director Michael Apted taking over for Andrew Adamson, and the film’s stars — Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell — set to return for the third film. It was set to begin shooting in spring, with a planned release date of May 2010.
While Walden Media is shopping the film around, the loss of Disney’s participation casts some doubt on all that assembled talent.