When “The Chronicles of Narnia (Narnia)” returns to the silver screen for its long-awaited fourth installment, it will be as a fresh new start to the beloved fantasy movie franchise.
Based on the series of novels by the British novelist, C. S. Lewis, “The Chronicles of Narnia” has already released three movie adaptations to a gradually declining audience support, with the third installment, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” released in 2010 grossing significantly less than its more successful predecessors, according to a 2011 article by Christianity Today.
In the same article, Walden Media co-founder Micheal Flaherty hinted at plans to adapt “The Magician’s Nephew” next instead of the fourth book, “The Silver Chair,” in hopes of reviving the franchise with Narnia’s origins story.
Although published sixth in the series, “The Magician’s Nephew” is considered to be the chronological first and has been cited by many avid “Narnia” readers as their favorite. The book is also the second bestselling installment next to “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”
In 2012, The Narnia Continent reported that no new “Narnia” movie will be coming until 2018, owing to a seven-year moratorium clause that prevented any other studios from producing a “Narnia” installment outside of Walden Media. This was because Lewis’ stepson did not agree with Flaherty’s plan and instead wanted the next movie installment to be “The Silver Chair,” the fourth book in the publication order.
According to Collider, The C. S. Lewis Company, along with The Mark Gordon Company, finally took over the rights to the “Narnia” movie series from Walden Media and announced that plans for “The Silver Chair” would be under way. And in 2015, screenwriter and two-time Academy Award nominee David Magee (“The Life of Pi”) announced on his private twitter account that he had just finished the final draft for “The Silver Chair” and that it took him over a year to write.
Indeed, “Narnia 4” has been a long time coming, but a recent press release on Narnia.com serves to assure fans that “The Silver Chair” really is in active development. Joining The Mark Gordon Company and The C. S. Lewis Company are Tristar Pictures and movie distributors, Sony and Entertainment One (eOne), all of which will be working hand in hand to finally bring this much anticipated movie into fruition.
Speaking to Collider about plans for the movie, Mark Gordon said that the movie will feature a brand-new set of cast and crew and will serve as a light reboot of the fantasy movie franchise.
No premiere date has been set yet, but Gordon said that he hoped to be able to talk more openly about the details of the movie soon.