Though we have already mentioned it and danced around the fact a couple of times, we have finally received solid confirmation that Disney has given the greenlight for the sequel to 2005's box-office surprise The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Titled Prince Caspian, Disney plans to have a director in tow before the month is up.
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Chronicles of Narnia Sequel Coming
Like we should have had any doubt. With an overall box office that has (surprisingly) taken the lead over King Kong by a whopping $70 million, Chronicles of Narnia is further proof that it may be the family epics that rule the box office. Personally, I hope not. I have continued to appreciate the increase in rating for the Harry Potter films and can only hope other fantasies don't get watered down in order to keep their rating down.
However, the box office numbers and the resurgence of Chronicles of Narnia in ticket sales is hard to ignore; especially for Disney. So what is a movie studio to do? Get started on the sequel of course!
According to Variety, Narnia has already taken in $530 million in box office receipts and is expected to keep going. If this trend continues, Narnia could become a threat to The Sixth Sense; Disney's top live-action grosser.
The CEO of Walden Media, Cary Granat, explains that some of the success that lies behind Narnia is the fact that the story features a fractured family coming together. I guess we can also then add in that religious element and we are closer to understanding what box office gold looks like.
Disney is now working on the sequel, Prince Caspian, with production set to start by the fourth quarter of next year.
Since we have some time, and the books aren't terribly long, you better get ready to wipe the dust off of your Narnia book collection; doesn't everybody got one?