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Narnia franchise continues voyage

Prince Caspian
Caspian will return in Voyage of The Dawn Treader

The Narnia series of films will continue after 20th Century Fox stepped in to produce the third of CS Lewis's books, Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Fox replaces Disney, which bowed out in December citing "budgetary considerations and other logistics".

The second film in the series, Prince Caspian, made $420m (295m) compared with the $745m (523m) made by 2005's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The next movie is due to be released in 2010, Fox said.

The Narnia movies, which have won an Oscar for make-up, cost Disney and co-producers Walden Media an estimated $180m to $200m (126m to 140m) to produce, and both films went on to become top DVD sellers.

No information has been released about the production costs for the new film which sees the Pevensie children take another member of the family - cousin Eustace - into Narnia.

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