Disney Drops Narnia Movie, Dawn Treader Voyage Cancelled
|January 8, 2009||Posted by Anthony under Blog, Christianity and Culture, General, movie reviews|
I read today on Worldnetdaily that Disney is not going to produce the next in line in the Narnia series, the Dawn Treader. Article: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=85538
This is disappointing but not entirely surprising. I have always thought that it would be difficult to make a full length movie out of all seven books in the Narnia series. I was concerned that if the books were forced to fit into the ‘full length movie’ paradigm that ‘enhancements’ and ’embellishments’ would necessarily have to follow. I find that many Christians much preferred something true to the text. A cinematic version of the movies still would be nice, and I personally wouldn’t mind if they maxed out at 40 minutes. That is better than ‘filler’ stuff that is questionable as to whether or not it aligns with what Lewis would have wanted.
Disney began well enough. My review of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was glowing. But the embellishments in Prince Caspian were a different story. My review of Prince Caspian reflected my disappointment. While some commenters told me that they approved of the changes, most of them agreed with me.
The author of the WND article suggests that Dawn Treader is not nearly as faith driven as the Lion and the Witch but I do not agree with that. The name of the ship is certainly not accidental and CS Lewis’s theme of ‘longing’ and his flirtation with the nature of heaven which fill up his non-fiction are hinted throughout. From an evangelistic and apologetic perspective, there is plenty of ‘faith content’ in Dawn Treader, and it makes me sad that we won’t be seeing it on film.
Of course, if ‘seeing it on film’ means seeing it with a horde of embellishments, then I personally, though with mixed feelings, am happy they won’t be going forward with the movie.