More On Apted Helming Third Narnia

Michael Apted (“The World is Not Enough,” “Gorillas in the Mist”) has officially signed on to direct Walt Disney Pictures/Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

The announcement confirms talk from April about him taking the reigns of the third film in major fantasy franchise which will adapt the fifth book in the series by C.S. Lewis. The second film, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” is currently in production and opens on May 16th 2008.

Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes are set to return as cast members. Shooting begins January 2008 for a May 1st 2009 release.