Dawn Treader Not Filming at Barrandov Studios
NarniaWeb has learned from the German Narnia Fan Site, narnia-chroniken.de, that ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ will not be filmed at Barrandov Studios as originally planned. Filmmakers cite the higher taxes in the Czech Republic as the primary reason that the filming is moving to another (as of yet unannounced) location. Other locations such as Malta, Hungary, and New Zealand offer lower tax rates, luring more and more filmmakers to these locations. Barrandov Studios, located in Prague, is where the waterfall scene for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ was filmed and where much of the studio work on ‘Prince Caspian’ was done. Barrandov-Studio spokesperson Vladimír Cuba expressed disappointment on Monday in the Czech media over the decision to film ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ elsewhere, and there are hopes that this may spur the Czech government to offer better tax incentives to foreign filmmakers.
Filming for ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ was originally set to begin in Malta in January, but due to the children’s busy schedules, filming will not begin until Summer of 2008. There are also rumors that New Zealand and Australia will be used as filming locations instead.
Thanks to WardrobeWarrior for the head’s up!