Michael Apted, ‘Dawn Treader’ Director, Has Passed Away

It is with a heavy heart that we report Michael Apted, director of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has passed away at age 79. We have no other details at this time.

Apted was best know for Seven Up documentaries and features, The World Is Not Enough, and Nell (which stars Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan). Read more.

The staff at NarniaWeb would like to extend condolences to family and friends of Michael Apted.

Actors Skandar Keynes (Edmund Pevensie) and Ben Barnes (Caspian) share posts on Twitter remembering Apted:

8 Responses

  1. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    Very sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.

  2. Jonathan Paravel says:

    This is very sad. My condolences to his family.
    I didn’t know he directed Nell. That became my favourite movie for a few years, after watching it in high school. I was talking about it yesterday. I also love Amazing Grace which is so inspiring.

  3. Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    I did not know that they slashed the budge of VDT after Prince Caspian. Frankly, VDT didn’t need as big of a budget as the previous two films because it had no major battle scenes. Also, I wouldn’t describe Prince Caspian as having “tanked.” “Underwhelmed at the box office” would have been more accurate.
    It’s cool that he had served the longest-running DGA service as president since the 1960s.

  4. Larry W. says:

    He made Voyage of the Dawn Treader look so attractive. There was the beautiful ship and the artwork of the film—especially the special effects. He worked well with the actors in performing their parts and their believability. It was as if you were actually sailing on the Eastern Ocean to Aslan’s country. The film was so good at showing the realism of the fantastic voyage.

  5. Movie Aristotle says:

    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Apted’s passing.

    I am very fond of his film “Amazing Grace,” and “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” continues to be a favorite of mine.

  6. Andy Harrelson says:

    It’s such a shame. The fond memories I have of Dawn Treader wouldn’t be possible without his artistic vision. May he rest in peace.

  7. TheeNarnianMeerkat says:

    Aww..Rest in Peace Michael. Go to “Aslan’s Country.” <3 He made a good Narnia film.

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