Second Narnia Film Already in the Works

Posted June 29, 2004 4:02 pm by Tirian

After facing a string of box office disappointments, Disney is pinning high hopes on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which it is funding and distributing. Screen Daily attended a screening of King Arthur in Amsterdam, but it was enthusiasm for the Narnia series that struck them.

“In my nearly 25 years at Disney, I’ve never seen the company so energised so early about a film,” Mark Zoradi, the president of Buena Vista International told them. “The film will be visually stunning and emotionally breathtaking.”

Buena Vista is the arm of Disney responsible for foreign distribution. Walden Media, an independent and relatively new studio, is actually making the movie, with production beginning shortly in New Zealand.

With CS Lewis’s Narnia books continuing to sell 6 million per year – more than The Lord of the Rings before the films came out – the Mouse has every reason to be optimistic. In fact, Disney is already looking ahead to the next one. Zoradi said they’ve begun work on a second script – Prince Caspian, perhaps. Now is a good time to get working on screenplays, since if the first Narnia movie is a hit, Disney may want the next two filmed at the same time.

This story was originally published at IGN