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Voyage of the Dawn Treader (aka my favorite book)

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader (aka my favorite book)

Postby Shadowland Dweller » 20 Jun 2008, 16:04

Has anyone started a thread about the impending movie? I just saw at Narnia Web that they have cast Eustace. I watched the little clip of him in Son of Ranbow and I think he will be a good Eustace. It's funny because I was thinking not 4 hours before I read that Eustace has been found, "I hope they do a good job casting Eustace." He really has to be the perfect blend of obnoxious and sweet. I think this kid has the right look too, very real, normal looking boy.
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Postby repectabiggle » 20 Jun 2008, 16:16

ha, I thought surely "Son of Ranbow" was somehow a mistake for "Son of Rambo." Glad to hear they're not actually making the latter.

How about we start a list of essential things we predict they'll gut from this movie? Let's see. . .probably the baptism/undragoning part. They'll make the scene in the governor's hall into a full-scale battle instead of a bluff. The Dark Island will be about a half-hour of overdone special effects. They'll completely omit Ramandu's "even in your world" line, or else make it something completely different and contradictory to the original. The lamb at the world's edge will actually be Babe the Pig. Somebody will get pushed into the pool on Deathwater island. The Dufflepuds will overthrow the magician and set up a democracy. And who knows what they'll add to pad the beginning scenes in Eustace's house. Probably Edward will choke Eustace out while Lucy smacks him with books about fat foreign children doing exercises.
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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 21 Jun 2008, 07:14

you are a marshwiggle aren't you :wink: don't be so glum :grin:

i don't think they will they will take out the de-dragon-ing part, Eustace's entire story hinges on this.

They might have someone fall in Deathwater, would be rather dramatic... :thinking:

I can't wait to see how the islands will look, I think that is one reason why I like VDT so much, the variety and imagination, that and I love Eustace's story.

My favorite parts are:
Eustace and the dragon
Lucy reading the magic book
Ramandu and his daughter

I also love the description of Dawn Treader, which is odd because I don't really care about boats or ships, but I love the idea of the ship being a dragon.
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Postby Pete » 21 Jun 2008, 10:29

repectabiggle wrote:ha, I thought surely "Son of Ranbow" was somehow a mistake for "Son of Rambo." Glad to hear they're not actually making the latter.


They were going to call it Son of Rambo but for legal reasons added the W. Interestingly Sylvester Stallone helped to promote the movie though. :wink:

repectabiggle wrote:How about we start a list of essential things we predict they'll gut from this movie? Let's see. . .probably the baptism/undragoning part. They'll make the scene in the governor's hall into a full-scale battle instead of a bluff. The Dark Island will be about a half-hour of overdone special effects. They'll completely omit Ramandu's "even in your world" line, or else make it something completely different and contradictory to the original. The lamb at the world's edge will actually be Babe the Pig. Somebody will get pushed into the pool on Deathwater island. The Dufflepuds will overthrow the magician and set up a democracy. And who knows what they'll add to pad the beginning scenes in Eustace's house. Probably Edward will choke Eustace out while Lucy smacks him with books about fat foreign children doing exercises.


You might get your wish if the script for the upcoming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is anything to go by. Have you read it yet? It's circulating online. It's laughable, it's cringeable, and get this it sounds in some parts just plain dumb and too Hollywoodized and...argh. :rolleyes:
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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 21 Jun 2008, 14:54

let us hope that the script is a plant.....being used for evil and not good....I don't know...
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Postby repectabiggle » 22 Jun 2008, 00:15

Those are my favorite parts of VDT, too, Shadownland Dweller!

I haven't heard of this supposedly leaked script. Might have to investigate. I imagine John would put the nix on a link here for copyright considerations?
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Postby glumPuddle » 24 Jun 2008, 07:05

The early script for LWW that leaked was utter crap, and very different from the final film. This is the reason filmmakers are so big on keeping things secret until they are ready to be shown. Filmmakers need that private time to play around with every idea and see what works and what doesn't without having to worry about fan reaction.

The leaked VDT script was never intended to be seen. Imagine if your professor suddenly ripped your unfinished essay out of your hands a month before it was due and gave you an F.

The VDT script pages look like crap. But of course they do! The film doesn't come out for two more years.
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Postby carol » 24 Jun 2008, 09:21

If you go back to Narniaweb, there is now an official response from the production.

Evidently there are people who spread stuff around for mischievous reasons, if indeed it has been "circulating online".

The basic answer to this oddity is that it was like an initial sketch for the script - which clearly won't be used in that state. And it's totally illegal for it to have been put on any website - someone made a bad call. The production is dealing with it.
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Postby Pete » 24 Jun 2008, 14:03

Fair enough... I knew it wasn't the finished product, but still, whoever leaked that draft I'm assuming they had in mind to embarrass Walden Media...:??: Here's hoping the final script is way better than that leaked one! :pleased:
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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 24 Jun 2008, 23:55

I have faith in Walden Media....I think they will put out a good product, and I think something important to remember, the longer you have to dream and fantasize about something, the more difficult it is to turn that into reality, and in this case, there is a lot to live up to.
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Postby Pete » 25 Jun 2008, 11:25

I agree, SD! I do hope that they will find in for this one that they need to make far less changes than they did for the first two movies - because VDT just doesn't need it. I can accept that some changes were okay for LW&W, and lots of changes were needed to tell PC in film, but, as far as I can see, I don't think VDT needs changes. But I'm sure they'll do a beautiful job and I'll love the movie! :pleased:
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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 25 Jun 2008, 16:14

I hadn't really thought that much about book/movie adaptations before PC really. So I don't know how VDT would need to change or stay the same, but I think that VDT has too many great, and by "great" I mean great, parts to cut out, and I would have no objections to sitting for 3 hours in a theater if that is what it took to get it right.

It seems that the action starts right away in VDT too, and I think that VDT will lend itself to having the moment, but not the scene shortened. They don't have to stare at the picture for a long time for it to become real. Eustace doesn't need to wander around forever being a dragon, for us to understand his plight, though, they should be careful with that or we will end up not caring about him and his dragon-fied self.

I think I will have to read it again, oh darn :wink:

(glad to give up Patrick Son of Ireland...can't get into it)
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Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 26 Jun 2008, 02:43

Give up Patrick and pick up Hood--Lawhead redeems himself with that tale. :wink:
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Postby Shadowland Dweller » 27 Jun 2008, 06:16

Messenger_of_Eden wrote:Give up Patrick and pick up Hood--Lawhead redeems himself with that tale. :wink:


I think I might just have to do that. I remember reading Song of Albion, when Ray and I were first married (that was 10 years ago!!wow) and loving how descriptive the writing was and how I couldn't wait to read more and wished I could take time off work so that I could finish the series, but this book is just....well, I have had time to read it but keep forgetting and opt for things like....washing dishes or such...
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Postby lissy » 08 Aug 2008, 17:23

I liked the choice for Eustace as well... something about his nose conveys the right amount of snobishness. The part that makes VDT my favorite book is when they come to the sweet water and the lilies. Something about drinking liquid light, the sun getting bigger everyday, the birds with human voices, and not needing food or sleep is very magical for me. Those scenes would be a joy to design and direct...I hope they do a good job. :undecided:
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