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Old 27-02-2013, 16:56
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What do you all think of the Narnia films? I think that the first (LWW) is amazing, and is by far the best of the three, PC I thought dragged on for too long, and for some reason I just didn't enjoy VDD.

Georgie Henley (Lucy Pevensie) tweeted that the 4th Narnia film will be the magicians nephew and will be released either late this year or early next year. I am looking forward to this as I loved the MN book.

Are any of you looking forward to the 4th Narnia film? Which current films/books are your favourite and do you think that the books or films are better?
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Old 27-02-2013, 17:04
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Enjoyable, good for re-watches.

Prince Caspian - Slightly better than the first film imo.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Didn't enjoy it much. Probably won't watch it again.

I read a couple of the Narnia books at school, back in the '70s.


I'm currently reading, and near the end of, The Prestige. I've already seen the film twice, and I re-watched it again yesterday. I think both the film and the book are very good. They also have major differences storyline-wise.
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Old 27-02-2013, 17:35
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Not a huge fan of the movies, I preferred the 1980's BBC series.
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Old 27-02-2013, 18:24
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That Georgie Henley Twitter account is almost definitely a fake. Firstly, her character has very little involvement in the remaining stories so Georgie doesn't and wouldn't know what's going on with future productions. Secondly, there are currently big contractual problems with the Narnia series which means that the earliest production on a fourth film could begin is 2014 and if it's made by a studio other than Walden Media (the studio behind the previous films) then it cannot be released until at least 2018.

Rumours suggest that Walden Media probably won't be involved with the future films because the C.S. Lewis estate are not happy with the direction of the films. It's therefore unlikely that production on the next film will begin any time soon.
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:00
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Why would the next film be The Magician's Nephew? As I remember it, the book didn't feature the Pevensie children and isn't part of their story. If they were going to make a film of it, it should have been the first film because it sets up the story of Narnia, doesn't it?

I may be totally wrong and will happily stand corrected, I haven't read it for about 40 years!
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:23
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The Magicians Nephew predates TLTWATW. Written and set before it. It's a pity they never managed it as well as the Harry Potter films. I would have liked to have seen more of The Horse and his Boy, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle, by which time all the kids would be far too grown up.
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:44
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The Silver Chair was my favourite book. Darker than the others.
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:50
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I only saw The Lion The Withch and The Wardrobe and it's the only film I've ever walked out of, I thought it was awful. I think maybe it's because I loved the books so much (the Magicians Nephew is my favourite) and also the Childrens Television Workshop film, I watched it nearly every day when I was wee and nothing can ever live up to it in my eyes!
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:57
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That Georgie Henley Twitter account is almost definitely a fake. Firstly, her character has very little involvement in the remaining stories so Georgie doesn't and wouldn't know what's going on with future productions. Secondly, there are currently big contractual problems with the Narnia series which means that the earliest production on a fourth film could begin is 2014 and if it's made by a studio other than Walden Media (the studio behind the previous films) then it cannot be released until at least 2018.

Rumours suggest that Walden Media probably won't be involved with the future films because the C.S. Lewis estate are not happy with the direction of the films. It's therefore unlikely that production on the next film will begin any time soon.
Oh, ok, thanks
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:58
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Why would the next film be The Magician's Nephew? As I remember it, the book didn't feature the Pevensie children and isn't part of their story. If they were going to make a film of it, it should have been the first film because it sets up the story of Narnia, doesn't it?

I may be totally wrong and will happily stand corrected, I haven't read it for about 40 years!
You're right, it didn't feature them, they wanted to make LWW first because it's the most popular, but apparently now they are going to make MN.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:00
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The Silver Chair was my favourite book. Darker than the others.
I'm halfway through that one
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:10
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I have always loved the books, but I was very underwhelmed by the films.

I don't know what was missing from them, but something certainly was. I thought the boy who played Edmund, and the girl who played Lucy were good, but the script wasn't, and the two older children weren't very good, imo. Aslan didn't impress me much, either.

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader was always my favourite, as a child, but they'd altered it for the screen, and not for the better.

I do think they should follow the sequence, though, and do The Silver Chair next, if they are going to do anything at all.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:16
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The Silver Chair was my favourite book. Darker than the others.
Certainly my favourite. It could have looked great on film too.

Not sure how they could ever have filmed 'The Last Battle' though. Or handle the Christian analogy moving into overdrive.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:20
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I've got all the 7 Chronicles of Narnia in Hardback now,as all the paperback books fell to pierces after i had read them probably hundreds of times.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:30
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I've got all the 7 Chronicles of Narnia in Hardback now,as all the paperback books fell to pierces after i had read them probably hundreds of times.
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I have them all in one big hardback book together
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Old 27-02-2013, 22:01
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I'm annoyed that they are skipping to the magicians nethew
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Old 27-02-2013, 22:36
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I really, really liked The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe. Prince Caspian less so. Voyage of the Dawn Treader even less so. The series definitely got worse as it went along.

Looking at wiki, it seems without Walden Media the earliest we'll see the next film (Silver Chair) is 2018! Well there certainly is going to have to be some recasts ... the actor who played Eustence (a supposed eleven year old in SC) will be 25!

In 2018 it'll be 13 years since Lion and 8 years since Treader - I feel a reboot approaching.
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Old 28-02-2013, 07:41
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I really, really liked The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe. Prince Caspian less so. Voyage of the Dawn Treader even less so. The series definitely got worse as it went along.

Looking at wiki, it seems without Walden Media the earliest we'll see the next film (Silver Chair) is 2018! Well there certainly is going to have to be some recasts ... the actor who played Eustence (a supposed eleven year old in SC) will be 25!

In 2018 it'll be 13 years since Lion and 8 years since Treader - I feel a reboot approaching.
BIB 1- really???! I never knew he was that old!!!
BIB 2-Me too, although I did think that the original LWW was perfect.
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Old 28-02-2013, 17:56
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Found the TLTWATW to be overlong with lots of unnecessary bits (the fox, for example) and pointless deviations from the story. Really wasn't keen on the voice over cast. Brian Cox, the original choice for Aslan was a much more inspired idea than Liam Neeson who does "wise" in his sleep, while cockney beaver Ray Winstone was awful. I felt it lacked a lot of the magic of the BBC version and was trying too hard to be LOTR. Tilda Swinton wasn't a bad fit for the witch, but didn't seem to have much fun with the role. The kids were very good though.

Prince Caspian is a pretty lousy sequel in written form. And the film didn't right any of wrongs, despite attempts to liven it up. Plodding, overlong and uninteresting.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader was much better. I found Will Poulter a little disappointing as Eustace (having liked his performance in Son of Rambow, he over-acted a little too much) but, generally, it was a much tighter film.

It's likely that this is all we'll see of Narnia for the time being, though. I've never liked The Magician's Nephew (explaining the mysteries of Narnia is pointless, and the magic rings idea takes it into the realm of sci-fi rather than fantasy)

I detest The Last Battle where the Christian preaching got too much to take. I would imagine it's practically unfilmable. As is the, rather dull, A Horse And His Boy.

The Silver Chair is a much better choice than The Magician's Nephew for film #4, but I don't think we'll see either anytime soon.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:47
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Found the TLTWATW to be overlong with lots of unnecessary bits (the fox, for example) and pointless deviations from the story. Really wasn't keen on the voice over cast. Brian Cox, the original choice for Aslan was a much more inspired idea than Liam Neeson who does "wise" in his sleep, while cockney beaver Ray Winstone was awful. I felt it lacked a lot of the magic of the BBC version and was trying too hard to be LOTR. Tilda Swinton wasn't a bad fit for the witch, but didn't seem to have much fun with the role. The kids were very good though.

Prince Caspian is a pretty lousy sequel in written form. And the film didn't right any of wrongs, despite attempts to liven it up. Plodding, overlong and uninteresting.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader was much better. I found Will Poulter a little disappointing as Eustace (having liked his performance in Son of Rambow, he over-acted a little too much) but, generally, it was a much tighter film.

It's likely that this is all we'll see of Narnia for the time being, though. I've never liked The Magician's Nephew (explaining the mysteries of Narnia is pointless, and the magic rings idea takes it into the realm of sci-fi rather than fantasy)

I detest The Last Battle where the Christian preaching got too much to take. I would imagine it's practically unfilmable. As is the, rather dull, A Horse And His Boy.

The Silver Chair is a much better choice than The Magician's Nephew for film #4, but I don't think we'll see either anytime soon.
Well sadly for you Christian ideals are at the heart of most if not all of the Narnia novels. And if they come out of any productions in the future, as far as I'm concerned, bring it on!
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