why did they stop making narnia movies

Why did they stop making narnia movies

If you keep wondering what happened to the Narnia movies you will find the answer here, we will talk what made this adaptation to flop so hard despite being based on such a great series. Want to know Why did they stop making Narnia movies? keep reading to find out!

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The Chronicles of Narnia is a classic of children’s literature. Its movie adaptation was produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures (except for the last film), but of the seven books of this series, only three of them were adapted into movies. Why? This is what happened to The Chronicles of Narnia movies:

It is a best seller series written by the British author Clive Staples Lewis. This series is composed of seven books, all of them published during the 50s. These books have sold over 100 million copies and have been translated into 46 languages.

This series takes place in Narnia, a magical place in which animals can talk and mythical beasts are real. The Chronicles of Narnia narrates the story of a group of children that are transported to Narnia, being called by the Lion Aslan so they can help to protect Narnia from evil.

How well did The Chronicles of Narnia movies do?

One might think that given that only three out of seven Narnia books were adapted into movies maybe their box office was not good and therefore they were not profitable. Was it that so? Let’s see how each of the Narnia box office performance:

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). Directed by: Andrew Adamson.  Budget: $180 million. Worldwide box office gross: $745 million.
  • Prince Caspian ( 2008)  . Directed by: Andrew Adamson. Budget: $225 million. Worldwide Box office gross: $419 million.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). Directed by:  Michael Apted . Budget: $155 million. Worldwide box office gross: $415 million.

The reviews

As you see, The Chronicles of Narnia movies did more than well at the theatres. Maybe it was because of the critical and public response? Word mouth is really important in this kind of movies, so let’s take a look:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Rotten Tomatoes: 76% Metacritic: 75.

Prince Caspian: Rotten Tomatoes: 66% Metacritic: 62.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Rotten Tomatoes: 49% Metacritic: 53

The scores are pretty good, even the last movie The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has a somehow decent score. If it was neither a matter of grossing or public response how come the next installment, The Silver Chair, had never a movie adaptation?

Disney’s decision to dump Narnia films

While The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and its first sequel were co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, this wasn’t so in the third movie. Disney decided not to coproduce the third movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, this lose of interest was never fully explained, but Disney said it was due to budgetary and logistical reasons.

Why did Walt Disney decide not to finance The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?

This is just an assumption, but it may be a financial decision: just notice how the numbers of Prince Caspian are not so far from the box office gross achieved by the first movie. Specifically, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe grossed $291,710,957 in North America while  Prince Caspian grossed $141,621,490. Similarly, worldwide office gross of the prequel is way lower than the first one.

So maybe Disney had just seen this box office decrease as a warning and decided not to coproduce the second prequel. Were they right? Well, it is true that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader grossed $104 million in North America, but given that the worldwide box office gross worldwide was $415 million, the figures are only four million below its predecessor movie.

But if Warner coproduced the third movie why did they stop releasing Narnia movies?

In 2011, Walden Media’s contract of the series’ film rights expired in 2011. In 2013, The Mark Gordon Company acquired these rights and entered into an agreement with the C. S. Lewis Company to produce an adaptation of the next installment, The Silver Chair. It was not until 2017 when it was announced that Joe Johnston would be the director.

However, in October 2018, a different announcement was made: Netflix and the C. S. Lewis Company had made a multi-year agreement to develop a new series of film and TV adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia. As a result, Narnia movies would not continue, The Silver Chair film has apparently been canceled instead having a tv adaptation.

So this is the story why Narnia movies were canceled, did you expect such an outcome? Don’t forget to comment!

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3 Comments on "Why did they stop making narnia movies"

  • Still disappointed that they didn’t continue the movies.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia is a long favorite collection that continues to be a strong part of English Lit classes in H.S. and Colleges, and shared reading in grade school. I was so excited to hear someone was finally going to put all chronicles into movies. When I discovered Disney was going to be involved I cringed. Don’t get me wrong, I live Disney, but this was not the right story content for them…they would take its information and viere away from the authors words to make it softer. The script writers, producers, directors, costumes, tech individuals the did “Lord of the Rings”, “Pirates of the Caribbean, or even “Harry Potter” would have done a better job. Persomally, “Lord of the Rings” individual would have truly brought C.S. Lewis’ story to unimaginable life and did everything to keep the script accurate to the story. I’m sorry, Disney failed miserably. I have seen it multiple times and I shutter at how they drifted from books.

  • What fools to stop producing these fantastic stories when they are rehashing everything we have already seen. I loved LTW so much. I was into the soundtrack – and I am an adult of 36 without children – I couldnt afford the cinema but the film attracted to an online streeming service.

    I suppose movie makers never know how much we need these deeply uplifting films whilst they are making them. How great it would have been to be able to go and see a Narnia film with all the family after the pandemic.

    I wish they stopped making decisions based upon the $$$$$ signs – they spend millions analysing us so they can predict our spending habbits but they didnt predict a pandemic.

    We all need escapism right now, and we are closer to family than ever. We miss going out so when are free will so willing to see uplifthing, intelligent, positive and classic films that unite the family – young and old.

    p.s
    Dont cast the guy who played Dorian Grey in the film of its name – EVER as anything but an antagonist. I couldn’t get behind him as Prince Caspian. And you changed Narnia too much too quickly. We need escape – this is one rough time in history and this is what movies are for.

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