The Chronicles Of Narnia Returning With The Silver Chair

TriStar Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One today [...]

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TriStar Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One today officially announced plans to revive The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise with The Silver Chair. Sony and eOne will distribute. Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce. David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Narnia) will write the script.

This will be a new start for the beloved C.S. Lewis children's series on the big screen. The previous franchise saw adaptations of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), and earned $1.6 billion in total. The first two films were distributed by Disney, while Dawn Treader was handled by Fox.

"Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy," Gordon told Deadline. "We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new."

"Reading The Chronicles of Narnia was one of the formative experiences of my childhood, just as it has been for children around the world for generations," Minghella said in a statement. "To have the opportunity to bring new life to the Narnia films with a new creative team is a career highlight. Our mission is to build TriStar Pictures as a home for filmmaker-driven literary and commercial movies, and this film represents a huge step forward for us. We're thrilled to be working with Mark, Doug, Melvin, Vincent, and David as we adapt The Silver Chair."

"It's been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it's a thrill to welcome Tristar to our Narnia family," said Gresham. "I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair."

The Silver Chair was the fourth published novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series and is the sixth in Lewis' preferred, chronological reading order. The story takes place 10 years after the events of Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Narnia's timeline, but only one year later on Earth. Prince Caspian is now King Caspian X, and his son and heir, Prince Rilian, has gone missing. Aslan summons two English children to solve the mystery of the Prince's disappearance: Eustace Scrubb, who was seen previously in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and his classmate, Jill Pole.

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