Though Disney decided not to move forward with The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Fox picked up the ball and slated the third entry The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for a 3D release on December 10, 2010.
Based on the C.S. Lewis novel, Voyage follows the continuing adventures of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with obnoxious cousin Eustace, as they sail the Narnian seas. Check out the trailer after the jump.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favorite novel in the series as a child. I remember thinking the end was a beautiful moment, and I am eager to see how that translates on screen.
This is really the tipping point of the franchise. Only half of the original quartet of stars is represented here, and there are no Pevensie children in theoretical sequel The Silver Chair; that must cause some concern over at Fox headquarters. The $420 million worldwide gross of Prince Caspian wasn’t sufficient motivation for Disney to continue: how well does Dawn Treader need to do to keep Fox on board?
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world. Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond.
On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country – a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader – can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.