Trivia: The Chronicles of Narnia

  • Channel Hop: The current film adaptation has jumped from Disney to 20th Century Fox. A rare example of a film series doing this, as only a few other film series such as Hellboy and Terminator have done it.
  • Development Hell: Due to rights issues, the fourth film in the series is "on hold indefinitely", and, even if the crisis is resolved, the production won't start before 2014. The franchise isn't officially dead yet, but is certainly on life support.
  • Extremely Lengthy Creation: C. S. Lewis first pictured the faun from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when he was sixteen. He finished the book when he was fifty.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: A minor case. Georgie Henley's hair was actually lightened for the film (as Lucy is a blonde in the book) but it's not that noticeable.
  • Enforced Method Acting: To create the right slightly creeped out vibe between the characters, Tilda Swinton (who played the White Witch) would spend time in between shots subtly hitting on Skandar Keynes. Who would have been around 14 at the time.
    • The four principles were not shown the snowy Narnia soundstage until they were filmed first entering it from the wardrobe, so that their awestruck expressions would be genuine.
    • In a bit of a meta case, the film was shot in as close to chronological order as possible (as opposed to a normal filming regimen, which is scheduled based on when sets are available and so on), so that the childrens' emotional growth onscreen would be reflected by their physical growth throughout the shoot.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Listening to the voice of Maugrim, Captain of the Secret Police... Mr. Blonde, is that you?
  • Money, Dear Boy: Following the 2010 release of the film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 20th Century Fox is planning to film The Magician's Nephew next instead of The Silver Chair, after noticing that the films have so far grossed back amounts that roughly correspond to the popularity of the book involved - and The Magician's Nephew is usually considered the second most-popular in the Narnia series.
  • Network to the Rescue: After Disney was disappointed with Prince Caspian not performing quite as well as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe they decided to pass their option to release The Voyage of the Dawn Treader due to budget disputes, at which point 20th Century Fox promptly offered to pick up the contract. Some see this as a What an Idiot move for Disney, as Prince Caspian is generally regarded as one of the least popular books in the series, while The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the most.
    • Of course, Dawn Treader went to gross less than even Prince Caspian, so maybe Disney did the smart thing after all. Now, with Walden Media's contract with the Lewis Estate having expired, the development of the fourth movie is in indefinite hiatus.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Makeup effects artist Howard Berger, whose prior credits include Hostel and Sin City, mentioned in an interview that this would be the first movie he worked on that his kids could watch. He later won an Oscar for his work.
  • Edmund's actor, Skandar Keynes, is Charles Darwin's great-great-great-grandson.