Friday, January 30, 2009

Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie update

The name of my blog is "Reepicheep" after the chivalrous warrior mouse in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. His loyalty to the King is what is most impressive to me, I pray God would give me enough grace to always be loyal to my King, Jesus.

Reepicheep appears first in the second book of the Narnia series, "Prince Caspian", however his greatest moments occur in the third book, "Voyage of the Dawn Treader".

As you probably know, the first two books have been turned in to major motion pictures by Walden Media (Disney) with Dawn Treader initially in pre-production . The first movie, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" was excellent. Caspian deviated considerably from Lewis' book, but remained decent. However, the film was a slight disappointment to Disney making only $148 Million at the box office domestically and $300 Million abroad compared to it's predecessors absolutely staggering $300 million domestically and another $500 million abroad! So, for whatever reason, Disney dropped production of Dawn Treader.

Well, no worries, FOX 2000 has picked up production for Dawn Treader and plans to keep the original cast in order to maintain unity among the films. I think this is great news, but hope they do a good job with Reep.


Anonymous said...

I realize it is only entertainment, but my hope is that they at least read the book this time and try to hold with some integrity to it. The first was great, Caspian a dismal failure. Perhaps Fox might see the difference even from a business stand point and appreciate the value of holding to the classic that it is, as opposed to Disney's Hollyweed twisted views of life.
We can only hope.

innodes (mike)

You knew I had to chime in on this one, right?

Reepicheep said...

Good point Mike, and yes, I was sure you would chime in!

Frontier Forest said...

Great News indeed! We supported them in the theater and have both DVD’s. Since the first release, it has been great fun to read about the most eccentric, cigar smoking, Scotch drinking, Clive Staples Lewis. Here is a wonderful documentary about his life, narrated by his brilliant stepson, Douglas Gresham. You can get “CS Lewis, The Magic Never Ends” on NetFlix.
If anyone could ever come close to “knowing the mind of Christ,” I believe Lewis did. He not only saw the depths of spiritual living, for those totally abandoned unto Christ, but was able to portray the “abundant life”, spoken of in John 10:10, through imaginary child-like characters. Reading Lewis, I believe Children and adults of all ages get a glorious glimpse into heaven’s magnificent splendor. His words paint pictures, showing us who Christ is, understanding what He came for, and why HE choose to die in our place to pay the ultimate price for our utter sinfulness.

Jim said...

I just can't understand what Disney was thinking. Maybe "Prince Caspian" didn't do as well as the LW&W because it's not as good of a story as LW&W (my opinion at least), or that the film wasn't as well done (which I also think).

In contrast, "Voyage" is choke-full of great characters and a great story. It will be a great movie if the producers don't let the movie-making get in the way of the story.

I am concerned, however, at a big commercial house making this movie. Too much bureaucracy can muck up a story. (Dialogue in the board room: "We can't let Reepicheep die at the end of the movie. Let's have him instead return to earth as a pet with the Pevensee children . . ."

jeff said...

Ah, yes, but Reep doesn't "die" at the end...

I guess you could say he "walks with Aslan"

I just finished reading VODT again, and every time I read it, there's something else to love about it. I really hope they are true to the book. Especially when Eustace realizes he can't shed his dragon skin under his own power. It isn't until Aslan cuts deep into him that he becomes new. Powerful stuff...