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The fate of 'Narnia' depends on next two weeks

Will "The Chronicles of Narnia" continue as a big-screen series?

Despite the overseas box-office boom for "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the question won't be answered until the producers and 20th Century Fox see how the film performs domestically through Christmas.

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But producer Mark Johnson was bullish on its prospects last week. He was keen to follow up "Dawn Treader" with either "The Silver Chair" -- to showcase the funny and talented Will Poulter "("Son of Rambow") as Eustace Scrubb -- or "The Magician's Nephew" -- to bring the charismatic, brilliant Tilda Swinton center-screen again as Jadis.

"That's what's really fun about the series," Johnson said. "Different characters take over each film. You can really play with it."

Johnson also liked the idea of adding different directors to the mix. He compared Michael Apted doing "Dawn Treader" to Alfonso Cuaron making "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

But will he be able to play this way next year? By New Year's Eve the Narnia movie team should know whether they're still in the game.

Photo by Phil Bray of (from left) Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes, Laura Brent, and Skandar Keynes in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."   

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