Dawn Treader Article in Empire Magazine

NarniaWebber AJAiken sent us a copy of an article from Empire Magazine previewing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Transcript from scan:

The Chronicles of Narnia:The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
LOCATIONS: Queensland, Australia; Baja, Mexico
TALENT: Michael Apted (director), Ben Barnes, Will Poulter
RELEASED: December 10

A great deal has changed in Narnia. After Disney dumped the franchise, the series looked all but washed up until 20th Century Fox came to the rescue.
“It was a bit of a blow,” says producer Mark Johnson, speaking on the Brisbane set, hours after it’s been hit by the worst sandstorm in Australian history. “But everybody came after us once we weren’t with Disney. Everyone … ”
Did Disney jump ship too soon? Regarded as the best of the series, Dawn Treader picks up several years after Prince Caspian; Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley) and brattish cousin Eustace (Son Of Rambow‘s Will Poulter) arrive in Narnia aboard the titular Dawn Treader, captained by King Caspian (Ben Barnes), questing to find the seven lost lords of Narnia. Where the previous films had talking beavers and angry trees, this has battles at sea, monsters of the deep and a great big dragon.
“The potential is thrilling,” says helmer Michael Apted. “It’s a wonderful adventure mixed with fantasy.” For the sake of the remaining four books, Fox will be hoping that potential (creative and business) is fulfilled.

Scan from Empire Magazine on the Dawn Treader

Thanks AJAiken for the transcript and the scan!

49 Responses

  1. hopefully the potential is fulfilled! This could be the best movie yet!

  2. GlimGlum says:

    Yes! May the potential be fulfilled for all the remaining books and may VDT be the hit of the holidays this year in December. 🙂 Sail on VDT! 😀

  3. Lutra's Pearl says:

    I not sure if I like that he said the potential is thrilling, makes it sound like that will be the only thing that is thrilling and the movie might not live up to the potential. Though that probably wasn't the way that he meant it. At least I hope it wasn't. Can't wait to see the movie!! Keep the story of Aslan alive!!

  4. LL says:

    Why can't America get magazine articles with this kind of info?! LOL. Thanks for posting this, though!

  5. tenthofthatname says:

    Thank you for calling him KING CASPIAN, Empire Mag.

  6. Lucille Brown says:

    Hurrah! Maybe this article will help it in the box office.

  7. andr7450 says:

    I'm looking foward to this. I hope its more successful than PC. They'd be hard pressed to beat LWW though.

  8. StoryGirl says:

    This sounds good. I CAN'T wait for the movie!

  9. Emma says:

    I soooooooo hope they make the rest of the books into movies!! Cant wait to see Skandar in Dawn Treader! I think Disney has lost out …

  10. K. J. Hill says:

    I can't wait till the movie comes out!

  11. AndreyaofNarnia says:

    Cool! I hope VDT does great! And I can't wait for the trailer! 😉

  12. Movie Aristotle says:

    This gives us a little more perspective…

  13. The Great and Fearles Pug says:

    I know! When are they going to get a trailer made? It's driving me crazy.

  14. The Great and Fearless Pug says:

    Oops, sorry! That was for AndreyaofNarnia

  15. wolfloversk says:

    Tell me about it! I wish there was more info around here.

  16. Griffle says:

    Fingers crossed!

    I'm pretty sure VDT will be featured in Ain't it Cool News' "2010 Preview Part 3" which will focus on Drama, Action, FANTASY and Animation. This will be uploaded tomorrow, Tuesday 5th.

  17. narniafan4ever ♥ says:

    Sounding good! 🙂 Can't wait until December 2010!

  18. narniafan4ever ♥ says:

    here here! 😀

  19. iLiveInNarnia says:

    This COULD be the best movie yet! I sure hope it does well so they make SC. I questioned one thing while reading this though.. Battles at sea?? Are they refering to the sea monster or is this the pitched battles? But I'm not too worried. :)))) IM SO EXCITED!

  20. JessPorlock says:

    However good it is, I think the writing is on the wall for this series.There will be only one, maximum two films, made after this.

  21. Mark Sommer says:

    Hmmmm….. The article lists Baja, Mexico as a location? I thought they decided not to do any of the filming there.

  22. 7chronicles says:

    Seven years? I could have sworn it was three years in Narnian time? Anyways I hope this will start off the marketing for VDT.

  23. narnia365 says:

    Um, yeah, agreed. Thanks for posting it!

  24. Daughter Of The King says:

    I know!!!! How long dose it take them?!?! Oh well nothing I can do about it! I guess I'll just have to wait and see!

  25. Starlily says:

    SEVERAL years, not seven years. 🙂 They're probably using the word loosely, anyway.

  26. I agree; they'll have quite a hassal beating LWW.Although,I do think this one will be better than PC.At least I hope;or else they might not make the rest!!

  27. Puddleglum says:

    If only they would consider making Silver Chair at the same time as The Magician's Nephew.

  28. fantasia_kitty says:

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's a mistake.

  29. yeswelovenarnia says:

    Now that I think about it I really think that Disney would have been better. With what I've heard of Fox, its not looking like its going to be close to the book at all! I still haven't decided if I want to see it and I really don't think that they are going to make any more movies. Its sad I really had high hopes but unless they stay close to the book its not going anywhere.

  30. narnian resident says:

    all the battles at sea sound cool! i do wish disney had not dropped out, but i have no power to change what happened, so i shouldnt complain. i know it will be good, no matter what!

  31. Leolani says:

    Too true, too true……….

  32. always narnian says:

    Cool I hope that I can like the movie even if it has changes- although I am still mad about it 😉

  33. Starlily says:

    I agree. I hope that even if there are some things I'm ticked about, I'll still like it overall. And I hope the public will like it too, so there will be more movies.

  34. Mal says:

    Alright! I'm glad that the makers of the movie are still optimistic after Disney left. Sail on, VDT!

  35. FrecklefaceJill says:

    Hurray! less than a year to go! I can't wait! And for the first time in my life I will get to see a Narnia movie IN THE THEATERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  36. mC iVAN says:

    i'm realy sad after i've heard that Disney LEAVES Narnia and Fox ENTERS it…
    I'm a fan of the Walt Disney Pictures.
    Maybe its because of Dreamworks or John Carter of Mars upcoming movie so why Disney decided to leave the franchise???
    Maybe if Mr. Guillermo del Toro picked this LWW instead of Pan's Labyrinth, then it will likely to become a successful series..
    i'm really disappointed on the box-office performance of Prince Caspian..

  37. johanna_ says:

    So my opinion is, that their have to be changes in the movie! Not everybody read Narnia and here in Germany there are much people who didn´t. So, to make it more succesful and better for the general public, they can´t make the movie exactly like the book. It wouldn´t work. So in my eyes, they have to follow the storyline of the books, but make more changes too. I think it´s clever and focused of them.

  38. WarriorQueen says:

    Battles at sea. Hmmm. The only battle at sea in the book is with the sea serpent. Oh well, I'm expecting changes, and I'll always go see the movies, and buy the DVD's etc. no matter what they do because I would rather have all the books made into movies in some way, shape, or form than not at all. Besides, even when they mess up the storyline like they did in PC, they still end up with a relatively fun movie even though it's not exactly what I'd want for Narnia.

  39. "Captained" by King Caspian? Where did Caspian suddenly get all this nautical training? And what about poor Drinian? 😀 I'm sure that's just a typo. People who review Voyage lately seem to be prone to those…

  40. Bboy says:

    well ya'll let's fully advertise on all our facebooks as time gets near and stir up thousands.. no millions to watch this…. create the culture

  41. On-Fire4God says:

    Just thought of something…
    Y'know the BBC adaptation of VDT, where Drinian says that they got attacked by pirates at the island of Terebithia,
    prahaps that's the thing to do with pirates sliding down the ropes.
    Just an idea though.

  42. Wunderkind4HIM says:

    I feel the same way…please be true to the book, please be true to the book, please, oh pleease, oh please be true to the book!

  43. Mark Friedrich says:

    I haven't gotten cought up with the Narnia News lately.
    What's the latest scoop?

  44. People are already writing about it?! No way!

  45. HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Unlike WORLD, which called him Prince Caspian- how misinformed can people get?

  46. HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Yeah, a certain article that I read but can't remember the name of asked if LWW was just a one-time success or if PC was just a one-time failure. It's my opinion that VOTDT will be somewhere in between- but hopefully I'm wrong and VOTDT will be even better than LWW! Then Hollywood will make Silver Chair, or SC.

  47. HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Seriously. I can't believe all these mistakes!

  48. HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Johanna, I hadn't thought of that. You're right that they do have to make some minor changes to make it work in the cinema, but hopefully they still stay close to the book! I wouldn't mind if they made much of one of the action sequences- like the kidnapping and enslaving of Caspian, Reepicheep, Eustace, and the Pevensies or even if they put another one in, like they did with the Frozen River sequence in LWW, as long as it makes sense. But I hope that the book itself is transformed into a movie, not just some Hollywood idea of the book.