Ben Barnes, Douglas Gresham, and Mark Johnson Discuss Narnia Franchise

ComingSoon.net recently interviewed Ben Barnes about his role as apprentice Thomas Ward in the upcoming film “The Seventh Son” (2013). The movie also stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore and is based on The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney. Filming will begin next March in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) and China. Fans can learn more about “The Seventh Son” on IMDb.

Ben also talked about the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, including a possible cameo as King Caspian. The character is in his 70s in The Silver Chair, but at the end of this book Caspian appears as a young man in Aslan’s country (after he dies).

‘No more opportunity for me to go back and swashbuckle at 30 I don’t think but we’ll see,’ he said. ‘It’s possible, but I think they might go and do ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ next anyway, which is like a prequel.’

Click here to read the interview.

Although the prequel The Magician’s Nephew was rumored to be the next Narnia film on the big screen, Ben’s information is out of date. NarniaWeb and NarniaFans reported last month that Walden Media’s Narnia contract has expired. Douglas Gresham – stepson of C. S. Lewis, executive producer of the Narnia films, and representative of the Lewis Estate – confirmed the rumors in a radio interview with Middle Earth Network on October 15. Gresham believes it may be another 3-4 years before a fourth film is produced. He also said the Narnia franchise is now “in the Lord’s hands.” In the meantime, a Broadway production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is being discussed.

Click here (mp3) to listen to the 1-hour radio interview. You can also listen on iTunes and Mevio. Thanks to NarniaFans for the links. Aslan’s Country has a brief transcript and a poll on Narnia’s future.

For this year’s Youth Impact Report about “Bigscreen Chaperones” Variety interviewed Narnia producer Mark Johnson about working with the young Narnia cast on screen, aka “playing ‘Narnia’ nanny.” He said he learned the “hidden talents of child actors” from working with director Clint Eastwood. In a fun anecdote, Johnson said Skandar Keynes (Edmund) and Georgie Henley (Lucy) were “secretly happy they were getting out of the shadow of the two older siblings” William Moseley (Peter) and Anna Popplewell (Susan) in the third Narnia film “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010). Johnson says there’s no “current plan” for Narnia 4, but he “would be heartbroken if [the series] didn’t continue.” Click here to read the interview.

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” will premiere on HBO November 12 at 8pm and 11pm ET. Click here for the schedule. Fans can also check out the screenshot below (page 1 of 6).

Images: Ben Barnes Fan, NarniaWeb, Variety, HBO

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