What a time to change a movie’s title.


If you had made a film based on Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, and you had rushed it into production, and you had already released a lame trailer, and you were only two months away from releasing the film itself, what do you think you would do?

If you were Fox-Walden, you would change the title! That’s right, The Dark Is Rising — the title of both the book on which this film is based, and the five-book series of which the book is a part — now goes by the official title The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.

So if they make sequels, will they all be released as part of a series called The Seeker? (And will fans approve of this name?) Or are they putting the title of the individual story ahead of the title of the entire series, a la The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)?

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://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    That trailer blew hard.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02504120709183671153 fiorinda

    I agree with one of the comments on YouTube…”I feel like my childhood just got raped.” Where is my sweet, wise Will? When did he turn American? I am more than a little confused on what they’ve done to this book. I will probably see it, but it doesn’t look like I am going to like it. I hope you get to see a preview of it so I’ll know if I should waste my time.

  • pbarnes26

    Unfortunately, it is possible that their “viral marketing” campaign could pull their rancid fat from the fire; the seek the signs campaign has the potential to pull the vapid and/or unwary into supporting the film….

    I feel like I’m screaming, “Soylent Green is PEOPLE!” And with the same feeling of horror that something meaningful is being gutted, ground up, and sold to pollute an unsuspecting public.


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