Disney delays 3rd 'Narnia'


Disney and Walden Media have postponed the start of production on "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the third "Narnia" movie, from January until summer 2008.

As a result, the film's release has been pushed back one year to May 7, 2010. Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' "G-Force" is moving into "Dawn Treader's" original May 1, 2009, release date.

The companies blamed the delay on "the challenging schedules for our young actors."

Michael Apted is helming "Dawn Treader."

The second film in the franchise, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," is scheduled to open May 16. "Caspian" originally was set for release in December, but the companies postponed its original release date by five months after Sony decided to release "The Water Horse," in which Walden is also involved, in that month (HR 5/17/06).

"G-Force" is a blend of live action and CG characters and marks the directorial debut of visual effects innovator Hoyt Yeatman. The story follows a team of guinea pigs that are highly trained elite agents on a dangerous mission.