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    'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Adamson back in NZ to shoot next Narnia film

    12:55PM Monday February 05, 2007
    By Joanna Hunkin
    The New Zealand Herald

    The cast and crew of The Chronicles of Narnia are back in New Zealand this week to begin filming the second instalment, Prince Caspian, next week.
    Kiwi director Andrew Adamson and producer Mark Johnson sat down with local media this morning to discuss the film, the cast and why they chose to film in New Zealand.

    ON FILMING IN NZ

    Adamson: "The thing that New Zealand offers that a lot of places don't... there's not an area of Europe that hasn't been felled and regrown at some point, so finding an old growth forest is very difficult. In New Zealand, the whole west coast of the South Island is just ancient forests."
    Johnson: "New Zealand crews are amongst the best in the world. That alone is a reason to come here. Eighty to 85 per cent of our crew on the last film was Kiwi-based. This time there's more. Our art department is almost exclusively Kiwi. There's so many reasons to come here but there's one or two major road blocks."

    ON WHY NOT ALL THE FILM WILL BE SHOT IN NZ

    Adamson: "Two reasons mainly: One is the lack of stages - we shot a lot of the [first] film in equestrian centres, in tin sheds, and I spent a long time re-looping dialogue or re-recording dialogue. It slows you down not having the facilities - not being able to rig lights easily, not having good sound, having motorcycles going past outside and rain on tin roofs. All those things slow you down.
    "The other thing was the weather. We got caught with a lot of weather situations last time. It snowed outside of Christchurch on the 18th of December, which was unheard of. So this time I'm going to shoot in what is actually summer - February and March. Then we go into stage in Europe and then we come out for the European summer.
    "I think New Zealand has a lot to offer in terms of location, in terms of ease of access to those locations - them being close to cities and so on - but the stage space is an issue and it's something we've all talked about for a long time. Particularly in Auckland. Auckland's a big city with a big infrastructure but we still don't have big stages.
    "I think it would be great if it had Government support. On the other hand the Government is very supportive of the film industry here so I don't feel comfortable asking for anything more than that. I think there's certainly a lot of opportunity for private enterprise."

    ON CASTING PRINCE CASPIAN AND KING MIRAZ

    Adamson: "We have not yet cast King Miraz, we're still in discussions with someone on that. We have officially cast Prince Caspian finally after a very long search... He's a very talented young British actor named Ben Barnes.
    "Ben is a very accomplished young man, he's been getting a lot of good reviews lately for a play that he has on the West End. He came to us very late in the game and he just blew us away. He's going to be a great
    addition to the cast. I think he'll really fit in well with the other kids."

    ON BOOK VS. FILM

    Adamson: "It's very close [to the book] in the same way that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was. With that film what I really tried to do was imagine this story was real and CS Lewis had written a book for children about it but I was going to tell the real story so it had a bit more depth, a bit more action, a bit more grit and reality to it. I think that's true with this one as well."

    ON DIRECTING FUTURE NARNIA FILMS

    Adamson: "I don't think so. One of the challenges we have is we actually want to put three of these films out very close together, and in actual fact, I'll probably be finishing this one when we start the next one so it's unlikely that I'll be able to do both."

    ON THE CHILDREN IN THE FILM

    Adamson: "They're growing surprisingly fast. We just saw Georgie and Skandar yesterday and Skandar's grown probably about a foot since the last film."
    Johnson: "We shoot the films very much in sequence because we can see the children getting older."
    Adamson: "They've all grown up really well. They've gone back to a really normal life, which has been nice to see. They're excited about doing this again, they're treating it like another adventure. There's change in very positive ways in growing up but I'd like to say the movie hasn't changed who they are, which I'm really happy about. A lot of that's attributed to the parents. They've all got great parents."

    ON THE TONE OF PRINCE CASPIAN

    Adamson: "This film is probably a little darker than the last one, partly because the children are older, but partly because it's a different story. At the same time, the death of Aslan was a pretty dark scene and I don't think there's anything that's harsher or less PG than that."
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/sto...C283027AF1010E

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Prince Caspian is Cast!

    Source: Times Online
    February 5, 2007



    UK's Times Online has published an interesting article saying that Ben Barnes, who played Dakin in the National Theatre's "The History Boys," has landed the title role in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Problem is, it seems the National Theatre is not too happy about it:

    A spokesperson for the National Theatre said yesterday: "Ben Barnes has decided to leave The History Boys early, before his contract is finished. It is something we are taking very seriously. He has accepted an offer to be in a children's Disney film and we have had to fly Jamie King back at extremely short notice this week."

    Jamie King is replacing Barnes in the production. Another source told the newspaper that Barnes has signed a three-picture deal with Disney for the "Narnia" franchise.


    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=18729

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' updates - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Borrachero cast in 'Prince Caspian'

    Spanish actress to play wife of General Miraz

    By John Hopewell
    Variety
    February 5, 2007

    MADRID — Alicia Borrachero has been cast as Prunaprismia, the wife of General Miraz, Narnia's evil king in Andrew Adamson's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

    Pic is the second film in the Disney and Walden Media franchise.

    Spain's Borrachero previously played Escolastica, a devout aunt, in Mike Newell's "Love in the Time of Cholera." She is repped in Europe by Katrina Bayonas, head of Madrid-based Kuranda.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Dinklage and Grass Head for Narnia

    Source: Walt Disney Pictures
    February 6, 2007



    In addition to Ben Barnes playing the title role and Alicia Borrachero having been cast as Prunaprismia, the wife of General Miraz, Walt Disney Pictures has announced two more members of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian cast.

    Peter Dinklage will play Trumpkin the Dwarf and Vincent Grass has been cast as Doctor Cornelius, Prince Casplan's mentor. They join the returning Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell and William Moseley, as well as Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan.

    The sequel will start principal photography next week in New Zealand.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=18760
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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Wow thanks for info


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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Prince Caspian is Cast!

    Source: Times Online
    February 5, 2007




    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=18729
    Barnes with a 3 picture deal? That would mean he's likely to play Rillian in The Silver Chair after Caspian and Dawn Treader!

    Does anyone think they will do Magician's Nephew or Last Battle? Will Hollywood go for the more overt Christian message in those two films? I hope so!

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Rangi Returns for Narnia Sequel

    Source: Walt Disney Pictures
    February 14, 2007



    Shane Rangi will be back in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as Asterius, the Minotaur who aides Caspian and the Pevensies in their attempt to overthrow King Miraz. He previously played General Otmin in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," the fierce Minotaur who leads the White Witch's army.

    Rangi joins a cast that includes Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, Alicia Borrachero, Peter Dinklage, Vincent Grass and Warwick Davis.

    Disney and Walden Media are planning a May 16 release.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=18929

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Favino Cast in Prince Caspian

    Source: Walt Disney Pictures
    February 24, 2007



    Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino has been cast as Gen. Glozelle, the leader of Miraz' Telmarine troops, in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Favino recently played Christopher Columbus in Night at the Museum.

    Pierfrancesco Favino was born in Rome, Italy in 1971 and has played roles in a number of European films. In 2006 he received a Donatello, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar, for his role in Romanzo Criminale.

    "Prince Caspian" is now filming for a May 16, 2008 release.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=19059

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Castellitto and Alcázar Join The Chronicles of Narnia

    Source: Walt Disney Pictures
    March 14, 2007



    Italian actor-direct Sergio Castellitto has been cast as King Miraz in Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which is currently filming in New Zealand.

    Also, Mexican actor Damián Alcázar will play Lord Sopespian, one of the two leaders of Miraz's Telmarine troops.

    Castellitto has won three David di Donatello Awards in his native Italy, and has been nominated an additional four times. He has won critical acclaim for past films such as Don't Move, Mostly Martha, and The Big Blue, and most recently lent his voice for Arthur and the Invisibles.

    "Prince Caspian" is scheduled for a May 16, 2008 release.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=19357
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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Narnia Fan Art Contest and New Blog

    Source: Walt Disney Pictures
    June 13, 2007



    Attention all budding artists, photoshop masters, and chronic doodlers. Walt Disney Pictures want to see your artistic interpretation of Narnia and its inhabitants.

    The Fan Art section at the official website for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has been created to showcase your Narnia artwork. Upload your original artwork and photoshop creations of Narnia creatures, locales, props, and costumes here. The studio wants to highlight your wonderful creativity and skills with your vision of Narnia.

    As part of the launch of the Fan Art section, the studio be rewarding the favorite piece of artwork by printing it as a limited edition poster, to be handed out to Narnia fans at San Diego Comic-Con 2007.

    Director Andrew Adamson will select the winning piece of artwork! The submission deadline for the contest is July 7.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=21033

    http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/narnia/

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Prince Caspian at Comic-Con 2007

    Walt Disney Pictures has revealed what will be presented for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego taking place July 26 - 29.



    There will be a special preview of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" at San Diego Comic-Con 2007. If you are lucky enough to attend you will catch a peek at never-before-seen footage and talk with filmmakers of the second installment of the epic fantasy adventure series. Join director Andrew Adamson, Producer Mark Johnson, Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor, Creature Designer Howard Berger, Visual FX Supervisor Dean Wright, and Costume Designer Isis Mussenden as they answer your questions and share their experiences of filming "Prince Caspian" around the globe! Also, be sure to collect the exclusive "Prince Caspian" Comic-Con poster, designed by fans on Narnia.com and selected by Andrew Adamson!

    Stay tuned for more on this! The sequel hits theaters on May 16, 2008
    http://www.comingsoon.net/blog/2007/...miccon_200.php

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Disney Presents Prince Caspian at Comic-Con
    Source: Scott Chitwood
    July 28, 2007



    The Disney panel began with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Richard Taylor of Weta came out first and introduced some of the other crew members. These included the costume designer, creature designer, and others. Via satellite from Prague was director Andrew Adamson

    They kicked things off by showing a pre-viz animatic from the new movie. It showed one of the children from the first movie being picked up and flown to a Telmarine castle on an island by a griffin. After disabling a guard, the other Pevensie children arrive with other griffins and storm the castle. They are aided by mice who sneak in (despite interference by a cat).

    The second clip was a sizzle reel where they showed some new footage, behind the scenes clips, and other goodies. They emphasized how much more action-packed this second film is, and that was very apparent from the clips. We saw a lot of battles and action. Also shown were the new dwarf character, Trumpkin played by Peter Dinklage, and the sword fighting mouse, Reepacheep.

    The panel was also joined by a new cast member. Andrew introduced Prince Caspian himself, Ben Barnes, over the satellite feed.

    In the Q&A they revealed they begin working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in February. While "Caspian" is Adamson's last film, they hope to maintain the look throughout the films. They also showed a mask from a satyr named Tyrus. The effects guy operated the goat-like mask making it smile, blink, and open it's mouth. It was quite impressive. A live model also came out wearing a Telmarine armor on the stage.




    Overall it was a fun presentation and the film looks like it will live up to its predecessor.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=22909

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    Exciting! I can't wait for this film!

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    Re: 'Prince Caspian' update - The New Zealand Herald 2/5/07

    The Digital Eye: Prevising Prince Caspian

    In this month's edition of "The Digital Eye," Previs Supervisor Rpin Suwannath provides an exclusive sneak peek of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

    By Rpin Suwannath
    VFXWorld
    [ Posted on September 14, 2007 ]

    Image courtesy of Deron Yamada. © 2004 DYA367.

    It was January 2006. I was having lunch with director Andrew Adamson and producer Philip Steuer in Los Angeles when the bill arrived. Andrew looked at me and said, "Since you're the only one officially working on Prince Caspian, shouldn't you be picking this up?"

    That was more than 18 months and three continents ago. It's now August 2007, I'm in Prague and we've got about a month left before wrap and the show moves to London for post-production.

    After Walt Disney Pictures' successful opening of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (in association with Walden Media), the studio was anxious to get started on its sequel, Prince Caspian. Although he was still in negotiations with the studio, Andrew had some ideas that he wanted to start previsualization work on. There was a particular sequence he called the "Night Raid" that wasn't in the C.S. Lewis book that Andrew wanted to develop as a cut scene in conjunction with the work he and writers Chris Markus and Steve McFeely were doing on the script. After hearing their ideas, I knew this film was going to be a much bigger undertaking than the last one. This sequence alone was more complex than anything what we had done on the last film and it was happening only halfway through the story. I hired veterans from the first film, Mike Makara and Scott Meadows, to start building a digital library of sets and characters. Fortunately, the visual effects work that VFX Supervisor Dean Wright did on the first film was online, including scans of the actors and creatures, so we had much more specific models and textures for our digital stand-ins. This allowed us to "step up" the look of our previs work. On the first movie, we began previs well before casting finished so our models for the Pevensies were somewhat generic. This time, we had scans of Georgie Henley so our Lucy model looks like Lucy.

    Full article available at:
    http://www.vfxworld.com/?sa=adv&code...ticles&id=3399

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