Oh dear lord, no.

One of my e-pals summed up his response to the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with the following seven words: “New director for the next installment, please.”

Alas, Variety reports that my friend’s wish has been thwarted, and writer-director Andrew Adamson will indeed put his dubious stamp on Prince Caspian, due for a Christmas 2007 release.

My favorite part of the Variety story is the paragraph that begins: “While it remains to be seen whether or not the White Witch is brought back (she was convincingly killed in the original)…” I dearly hope this is just the reporter’s ignorance shining through, and not a sign that Walden and Disney plan to tweak C.S. Lewis’s story by bringing back one of the first film’s better assets.

One wonders if the Narnia movies will follow a trajectory similar to that of the Harry Potter movies, with a mediocre director spending two films putting the machinery together so that other, more talented directors can do something useful with it later on.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://culturezoo.com/blog levi

    I do see a similar fate for the narnia films as the potter films. They need a ho-hum, Shrek director to sell them to the masses before a real artist can take the helm. Still, I think AA is better than Chris Columbus.

  • Anonymous

    Shit.


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