- Cast: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter, Laura Brent, Simon Pegg, Gary Sweet, Arthur Angel, Tilda Swinton, Tony Nixon, Shane Rangi, Colin Moody, Terry Norris, David Vallon, Bruce Spence, Bille Brown, Liam Neeson, Roy Billing, Arabella Morton, Neil Young, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Steven Rooke, Mirko Grillini, Zack Kibria, Greg Poppleton
- Director: Michael Apted
- Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Petroni
- Producers: Andrew Adamson, Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer
- Associate Producer: Cort Kristensen
- Executive Producers: Douglas Gresham, Perry Moore
- Art Direction: Ian Gracie
- Castings: Nina Gold, Christine King
- Costume Design: Isis Mussenden
- D.O.P.: Dante Spinotti
- Editor: Rick Shaine
- Makeup: Rick Findlater
- Music: David Arnold
- Production Design: Barry Robison
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Australia; Mexico
- MPAA Warning: Some frightening images and sequences of fantasy violence
- Production Budget: $140 million
- Production Companies: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Walden Media
- Production Schedule: 27 July 2009 - 15 November 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "Now here's a sequel far more interesting than it may at first appear. Having launched a hugely successful first film based on the second and most well-known of the seven Narnia books, Disney sunk even more money into a sequel and expected it to pay off - it didn't. "Prince Caspian" was always one of the weakest books in C.S. Lewis series, so it came as no surprise that the film was a rather bland child-safe war movie.
'Wardrobe' was a Christmas release, thus it had several months without any challenge for family-friendly, big-budget spectacle action. 'Caspian' though was pushed out in the second week of the most crowded May film schedule in many years. In the end the film, which cost at least $35 million more to make, made only about 60% of 'Wardrobe' at the global box-office. As the third one went forward, the studio initially planned to co-produce and later opted out altogether leaving Fox Walden footing the bill.
Now the good news. The budget has been cut to a still substantial but more reasonable $140 million which means less pressure to perform but a tighter control on production. Fox Walden also isn't as strict as Disney on sanitising the product so the film will hopefully take more risks - that could be one of the reasons Disney opted out (they cited 'creative differences'). The release is back to the more suitable December slot, while director Michael Apted ("The World is Not Enough," HBO's "Rome") is a far more skilled hand at both drama and action/adventure than previous helmer Andrew Adamson.
Best of all is the story, which lifts much of its basic outline from the best bits of Homer's "The Odyssey", is widely considered the best of all the 'Narnia' adventures. The script has been adapted by Richard LaGravenese ("A Little Princess," "The Fisher King") and Michael Petroni ("Til Human Voices Wake Us," "Queen of the Damned") and shooting went smoothly in Queensland, Australia throughout much of the last few months of 2009.
The only downside here could be Walden itself which has been keeping production rather quiet and didn't have any set visits to the film, even for locally based journalists like myself which has surprised more than a few people. A decently updated production blog is online which is a nice start, but the buzz needs to begin early to make sure this doesn't go the way of 'Caspian'. Lets hope the film becomes the hit it could be, because the next book 'The Silver Chair' is also one of the best of the series and deserves a big-budget adaptation."