While The Chronicles of Narnia film series has been on hold since the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010, but one of the series’ producers has confirmed that there are still plans to continue adapting C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy stories for the screen.
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly,” producer Mark Gordon told Collider of the planned adaptation of The Silver Chair. “We’re very excited about it.”
We’ve known that David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland) has been working on a screenplay adapting the fourth book of the Narnia series, but Gordon confirmed that the next film won’t just be a sequel, but a reboot.
When asked about returning cast members, Gordon said, “No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
Gordon clarified that “original characters” means characters from Lewis’ novels that haven’t been on screen yet, not new additions to the story, but this should be self-evident. The Silver Chair takes place a decade into Narnia’s future, and the only major returning character is Eustace Scrubb, a cousin of the Pevensie children who was introduced in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The Silver Chair is largely a standalone story, so the reboot angle is almost inconsequential, at least for now.
There’s also the fact that the first three Chronicles of Narnia films – The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – were produced by Walden Media. The company lost the rights in 2011. In 2013, The Mark Gordon Company entered an agreement with The C.S. Lewis Company to produce The Silver Chair, so changes in talent are to be expected.
Still, as a fan of the original stories, it’s good to hear the gears are still in motion to bring the remaining Chronicles of Narnia to the big screen.