You know, for the Happiest Place on Earth, Disney can be full of drama.
Jim Hill reports that Disney is growing very concerned about their Narnia franchise, and much hinges on Prince Caspian. If it doesn't do well, the studio may be pulling the plug on the rest of the series. It is likely they will still continue with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, as it is already in pre-production. (That news cancels out my howl of disappointment. That's my favorite!) There's no solid reason as to why, although Disney is undoubtedly picking up on the lack of buzz Caspian is producing. I don't really know anyone who lovedThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; the response seemed to be an underwhelming "It was all right."
It's possible Disney also didn't know quite what it was getting in for -- the books following Dawn Treader are a long way from talking mice. The Silver Chair is downright terrifying, The Horse and His Boy skips back to when the Pevensie children were adult Narnia rulers -- which could probably be explained via a title card, but it would stick out terribly. The Magician's Nephew is a Narnia creation myth, and The Last Battle. . .well, let's not even go there. That will have the children sobbing in the aisles. Not exactly ideal for merchandising.
Instead, Disney seems to be turning their attention to another live action franchise -- John Carter of Mars. From the sound of it, this may even be beating Brad Bird's 1906to the title of First Pixar Live Action. It is all speculation, but Hill has put together an impressive what-could-be timeline that John Carter fans should check out. There are certainly telling rumors (and domain names) afoot. There is definitely a sense of urgency over at Disney, and it is going to be very interesting to see how it all pans out.
UPDATE: According to a Disney rep, this report is "entirely false." No other information was revealed, though one would assume the Narnia franchise is just fine and continuing along as scheduled.