September 20, 2007 / 8:15 AM / 12 years ago

Third "Narnia" delayed until 2010

An undated image of the "Narnia" character Aslan. "Narnia" fans will have to wait an extra year to see the third film in the fantasy franchise because of a delay in the start of production. REUTERS/PRNewsFoto

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Narnia” fans will have to wait an extra year to see the third film in the fantasy franchise because of a delay in the start of production.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was originally set for release May 1, 2009; it is now scheduled for May 7, 2010. Production will begin next summer, instead of January.

Distributor Walt Disney Co. and producer Walden Media blamed the delay on “the challenging schedules for our young actors.” Michael Apted is shooting the film.

The second film in the franchise, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” is scheduled to open May 16. “Caspian” originally was set for release in December, but the companies postponed its release by five months after Sony decided to release “The Water Horse,” in which Walden is also involved, that month.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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