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 award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • 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.