For a little while there, it looked like the third film from The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, would be docked for good. But with a 20th Century Fox takeover (who needs Disney anyway?) and the hiring of screenwriter Michael Petroni to pen the screenplay, it looks like the movie will set sail after all.
Petroni replaced Richard LaGravanases to script the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel, which tells the story of the two younger Pevensie children, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) returning to Narnia, along with their stuck-up cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). Once there, the children must find Prince Caspian and join him on a sea journey aboard the Dawn Treader.
Initially, it seemed that the Fox takeover would give the film an edge because director Ben Barnes would be able to use Fox’s Baja Studio where Titanic, Deep Blue Sea and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World were shot. However, drug-related violence and kidnappings near Baja have prompted the Treader crew to move production to Australia.
On a personal note, I’m glad Petroni’s in (he’s an experienced novel adapter) and Disney’s out of the picture. They have a way of drawing out and watering down sequels (Pirates of the Caribbean, for example) that transform theaters into fantastic napping spots. As a longtime fan of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ novels, I’m hoping for some raw PG-13 (at least!) action from Fox.
What do you think about Petroni taking over the writing for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?