Dawn Treader Scouting Underway

Producer Mark Johnson tells Coming Soon that pre-production is in full swing on “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, the next chapter in Disney’s fantasy franchise.

Director Michael Apted (“The World is Not Enough,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) is currently scouting locations in New Zealand with plans to start shooting in October. Despite the scout though, New Zealand will only serve as backdrop for a small amount of the film’s runtime.

The C.S. Lewis story follows the two youngest Pevensie children and their obnoxious cousin Eustace as they sail with the now King Caspian across dangerous seas in search of seven lost Lords of Narnia.

Whilst ‘Wardrobe’ is the most known, ‘Treader’ is generally considered the pinnacle of Lewis’ work and involves many fantasy elements ripe for cinema – a quest in a big sailing ship, merpeople, a giant sea serpent, a waterfall into the sky, a noble death, and islands filled with slavery, a dragon, a fallen star, an alchemic whirlpool and a place where nightmares come alive.

It’s expected that two-thirds of the movie will be shot in the huge water tank in Rosarito, Mexico where “Titanic” and “Master and Commander” were filmed. The project will be released on May 7th 2010.