Fox Takes Control of Walden's Chronicles of Narnia
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 28, 2009
So, remember about a month ago when it was made official that Disney was dumping their Chronicles of Narnia franchise when the "budgetary and logistical" aspects of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader became more trouble than they were worth? Well, now a month later, everyone's favorite studio has come to the rescue - Fox is set to co-finance Narnia's third installment with Walden. And a hush descended over the land as a single tear dropped from Aslan's mighty eye. Anyone remember Eragon? Well, the entity behind Eragon, know as Fox 2000, will be behind the development of the next Narnia.
Fox 2000 has apparently been looking for a family-friendly, lit-based franchise for some time, and since Eragon flopped, Narnia looks to be a perfect fit. And I guess anything is possible, right? Narnia has a strong following, despite the poor-in-comparison box office numbers of the second film versus the first. The third film is supposed to return to the magic-filled, family fare of the first film that the second severely lacked. Right? Well - and let this sink in - it's Fox we're talkin' about, here. That alone is enough for even Narnia-faithful to lose faith. Will Fox resurrect the magic? Or has Narnia already run its course?