It looked for a while there like the Narnia series might be in trouble, especially since the last movie The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian didn’t do quite as well as they had hoped ($419 million worldwide as opposed to the first film’s $745 million), but fortunately it now seems to be back on track with the next installment planned for a December release. Whether or not it will be able to win back the general public remains to be seen, but with a year of disappointing blockbusters, I think this is one that could surprise people.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was originally published as the third book in C.S. Lewis’ series, although when I read them as a kid it was the fifth. The story finds Lucy, Edmund and their cousin Eustace returning to Narnia where they show up aboard King Caspian’s ship, as he sails out to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. I seem to remember the book being one of my favourites and it looks like the movie will do it justice, with the kids facing all kinds of interesting adventures. I didn’t expect to be quite so excited about the return of Narnia, but I’m actually pumped for this. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hits theatres on December 10th; check out the first trailer after the jump.