The third installment in Disney and Walden Media’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” franchise, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” will sail into theaters in 2010, rather than the previously announced 2009.
Occupying the May 1, 2009, release date instead will be “G-Force,” the CG-animated comedy adventure about guinea pigs as secret agents that f/x vet Hoyt Yeatman (“Crimson Tide,” “The Rock” and “Con Air”) is helming and Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
Sked change will give the Mouse House two toons in one summer, with Pixar’s “Up” skedded to roll out on June 12, 2009. Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” bows that December.
“Dawn Treader” release has been delayed because the start of production has moved from January to summer, pushing the fantasy pic’s release to May 7, 2010.
Franchise’s producers had announced at Comic-Con this summer that auds could expect a “Narnia” installment each May as adaptations of each of the seven books in the series are produced.
But that plan proved too difficult to pull off.
Date shift comes in response to “the challenging schedules for our young actors,” Disney and Walden said, and will help avoid a potential conflict for the cast members between shooting the third pic and undertaking promotional activities for the second.
Michael Apted will direct “Dawn Treader.” Mark Johnson produces with Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two “Narnia” pics.
Third installment centers on the return of characters Lucy and Edmund Pevensie to Narnia, where they join Prince Caspian for a voyage aboard royal ship the Dawn Treader.
First pic, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” collected $738 million in worldwide coin.