‘The Chronicles of Narnia 3′ to release in India before US

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NEW DELHI - Indian fans might be ecstatic to know that the third in the Narnia series, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, will release here a week before its US screening.

To be the first outing in the series to come out in 3D format, it will hit Indian screens Dec 3 with over 800 prints in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. It is being distributed by Fox Star Studios here. In the US, it will release Dec 10.

“We are delighted to offer our Narnia fans this unique opportunity and that too in 3D and multiple Indian languages. It’s great entertainment which will appeal to a wide cross-section of demographics across the country. The buzz that is building up for ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ is very encouraging, Vijay Singh, chief executive officer, Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement.

The Narnia franchise features in the top five Hollywood film franchises in India of all time.

Directed by Micheal Apted, it is the big-screen adaptation of the third published novel in C.S. Lewis’s epic fantasy series. It stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson and Simon Pegg.

The latest Narnia extravaganza will see Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, who along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb, find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world. Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond.

On the voyage, the trio face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. However, only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s country - a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.

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