Prince Caspian Kicked Out of Mouse House

by Tippi Blevins December 30, 2008 11:18 am
Prince Caspian Kicked Out of Mouse House Man, things are getting tough all over. We already know money's tight for individuals, families, and businesses, but fictional characters are starting to feel the pinch, as well. Recent reports suggest that Hollywood is recession-proof -- it is cheaper, after all, to watch a movie than to fly to Cancun for some fun in the sun -- but that protection doesn't seem to apply to all of Tinseltown's residents. Disney, for example, is getting out of the Narnia business by dumping the third installment of the C.S. Lewis trilogy that started with 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, effectively putting The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in limbo for the time being.

Why are Caspian and friends being unceremoniously ditched? Disney and Walden Media cited "budgetary and logistical reasons." Although the second movie installment was profitable, it was less profitable than the first, showing that the franchise was on a "downward trend." It's a sad day when raking in over $400 million in the worldwide box office is enough to get you dropped off in the woods like the cinematic equivalent of Hansel and Gretel. The third movie was already in pre-production, with the necessary stars set to reprise their roles for a spring shoot, so Walden will have to scramble to find a new studio partner if it wants to keep to that schedule.

Hopefully Prince Caspian learned from the "Big Three" U.S. automakers how -- and how not -- to ask for money.




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