Mark reported the other day that the team behind The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was doing a little location-scouting, so the news that the movie is slowly getting its schedule (it will start shooting "later this year," with hopes of a Christmas 2007 release) in order is not exactly revelatory. Very reassuring, however, is this morning's official word that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe director Andrew Adamson will be directing, producing, and co-writing the project. Interestingly, despite reports to the contrary a few months ago, The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the film's script is yet to be written; if true, this helps explain the far-off release date.

Also returning for Narnia, Part Two are all of the primary actors from the first film. Though this news, also, is less than surprising, the protracted negotiations needed to secure both Adamson and the children were unexpected, and have been more than a little stressful for the folks at Disney and Walden Media. Now that everyone is on board, however, the production is officially moving forward (with or without a script).