Prince Caspian at Comic-Con
The Disney panel began with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Richard Taylor of Weta came out first and introduced some of the other crew members. These included the costume designer, creature designer, and others. Via satellite from Prague was director Andrew Adamson.
They kicked things off by showing a pre-viz animatic from the new movie. It showed one of the children from the first movie being picked up and flown to a Telmarine castle on an island by a griffin. After disabling a guard, the other Pevensie children arrive with other griffins and storm the castle. They are aided by mice who sneak in (despite interference by a cat).
The second clip was a sizzle reel where they showed some new footage, behind the scenes clips, and other goodies. They emphasized how much more action-packed this second film is, and that was very apparent from the clips. We saw a lot of battles and action. Also shown were the new dwarf character, Trumpkin played by Peter Dinklage, and the sword fighting mouse, [Reepicheep].
The panel was also joined by a new cast member. Andrew introduced Prince Caspian himself, Ben Barnes, over the satellite feed.
Over 6,000 visitors to Comic-Con joined the Pevensie children and stepped through the wardrobe to journey into Narnia, with never-before-seen footage from “Prince Caspian” at the Disney Panel.
And, according to director Andrew Adamson and producer Mark Johnson, they’ll be doing it again every year for the next decade.
“As long as you keep embracing these movies, we’ll make all seven,” Johnson told an appreciative audience. “We start the end of January on “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ Our goal is to give you [a new] one every May starting [next year].”
The announcement came after a computer pre-visualization which showed the Pevensie children storming King Miraz’s castle alongside Prince Caspian, flying onto the topmost turrets in the talons of giant griffins.
Griffins, yes – but not Gryffindors. Comparing his work on “Narnia” to that OTHER long running fantasy series, Adamson insisted that future “Narnia” films will be both more consistent and more faithfully inclusive to the source than “Harry Potter.”
“‘Harry Potter’ is a different [animal],” he said via satellite from Prague. “C.S Lewis wrote more efficiently [than J.K. Rowling]. We have a chance to embellish, [not exclude].”
We hope to have a more detailed report for you later from our own NarniaWebbers who attended.