Apted treks to Disney for 3rd 'Narnia'


Michael Apted is set to direct Walt Disney Pictures/ Walden Media's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (HR 6/20).

It is the third installment in the planned series of seven films, which includes the 2005 hit "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the upcoming 2008 release of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian." "Dawn Treader," in preproduction, is set for a May 1, 2009, release date.

Mark Johnson returns as producer. Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two films, will also serve as a producer.