Although it's almost a year until we can see the second film in the Chronicles of Narnia series, Prince Caspian, news is already starting to spread about the third movie. (The series by C.S. Lewis has seven books, so we may be hearing about Narnia films for the next decade.) The third film in the series will be an adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and unlike the first two films, Andrew Adamson will not be directing. He's moving into a producer role. Instead, Variety has reported that the director of Dawn Treader will be Michael Apted, as was speculated back in April. Documentary fans might react with, "What, the guy who made the Up films?" And Apted's most recent film was the documentary The Power of the Game. But a look back at his filmography shows Apted has a wide range of feature filmmaking experience, from Coal Miner's Daughter to the Bond movie The World is Not Enough.

Disney and Walden also confirmed that Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley will be returning as Edmund and Lucy, the roles they've played in the first two films, and Ben Barnes will be reprising his title role from the upcoming Prince Caspian. Peter and Susan do not appear in the book Dawn Treader; instead, Lucy and Edmund are joined by their insufferable cousin Eustace. All three children are faced with a dull summer until something magical happens ... well, you know they'll end up back in Narnia, of course, because that's what the series is about. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is scheduled to start shooting in January 2008, with a planned release on May 1, 2009. Obviously it's important not to wait until the kids look too old for the roles. Although I was a huge fan of the Narnia series as a child, I found the first film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, to be fairly unmemorable. I remember liking Dawn Treader a lot, and I hope Apted will be able to helm an entertaining movie adaptation.