New Director Takes 'Voyage' to Narnia
Michael Apted will direct the third Narnia chronicle
According to the industry trade papers, Michael Apted will take over the directing duties for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures hope to have "Dawn Treader" in production by January and set for a May 1, 2009 release, one year after the release of the franchise's second film, "Prince Caspian." The first film in the C.S. Lewis-based franchise, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," made nearly $750 million worldwide.
Key cast members including Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes are expected to return.
Apted is a logical caretaker for the franchise, having proved himself to Walden Media on the company's well-regarded slavery drama "Amazing Grace."
Although best known for his "Up" documentaries and acclaimed dramas including "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Gorillas in the Mist," Apted is no stranger to franchise films. He helmed the 1999 James Bond entry "The World Is Not Enough."