LA Times knows why Disney dumped Narnia

The Big Picture blog at the LA Times explores some of the rumors behind Disney’s Christmas Eve dumping of the Narnia Franchise. As it turns out, the differences between Walden media and Walt Disney pictures played a large role.

what really derailed Disney’s involvement with “Narnia” was a nasty feud between the studio and Phil Anschutz, the real estate baron and supporter of Christian conservative causes who seems to own half of America. Anschutz has a stake in or outright ownership of Regal Entertainment Group (the nation’s biggest movie theater chain), Staples Center, the Kodak Theatre, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the L.A. Kings, London’s Millennium Dome, a string of U.S. newspapers (including the San Francisco Examiner) and Walden Media, which has produced such films as “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Nim’s Island” and “Because of Winn-Dixie.” So when Anschutz gets into an ugly dispute with Disney, we’re talking about a true battle of the titans.

But Narnia fans should take heart as Walden pictures plans to continue production of the third film and find a new distributor.

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2 Responses to LA Times knows why Disney dumped Narnia

  1. Bill in Simi says:

    Not sure about all the stuff mentioned in the Times but when I asked someone close to the production about it, he said it was because the genre has been so over done lately with poor results, that Disney wanted out…

  2. Ceronomus says:

    Seems to me that Disney made the right choice. With a production partner extorting more money for them, and then delivering a follow-up that didn’t do nearly as well?

    Frankly, money or no, I’m glad Disney cut the extortionist loose. That’s no way to do business with a partner, especially one who made the project possible in the first place.

    While I hope the third movie does get made (and the fourth, and so on) I’m certainly supportive of these reasons for Disney to cut loose.

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