Rumors abound that after the dismal performance of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian that Disney is not going to make anymore Narnia movies. And I think that’s very sad, because I watched “Prince Caspian” last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was just as good as the first one, and I do plan on adding it to my Blu-Ray library at some point.
The main problem is that the studio released the movie this past summer, when it had to fight for position with dozens of other summer movies. If they had kept their release to December as it did with the first one, this movie would have made TONS of money and been just as highly regarded as the first one (and deservedly so). But they were so worried about going up against the latest Harry Potter movie, they switched the dates. And then Potter changes ITS release date to 2009, and “Caspian” got screwed. Becauase there are NO really good movies out right now – just a handful since November. “Caspian” would have been just what the movie theaters needed right now – a big blockbuster action/fantasy film. *sigh*
It looks like they still intend to do a third film, albeit not with Disney attached anymore (which is possibly a good thing). I’m hopeful that with Disney unattached they’ll have a better box office with the third movie – which will hopefully inspire them to do the next one as well and complete the series.
And do I see Ben Barnes (who played Caspian) as a good potential “Jacob” in the Twilight series? You betcha.
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