New ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Movie in the Works

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Three years have passed since 20th Century Fox released The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader to a less-than-expected box office take and mixed reviews. That film marked Fox’s effort to resurrect the franchise after Disney – which released the first two films – passed on the opportunity to develop a third adaptation of the novels by C.S. Lewis. Collectively, the three Narnia films have earned more than $1.5 billion worldwide, but the future of the franchise has remained hanging in the balance since Dawn Treader failed to live up to expectations (it’s worth mentioning that the film still managed to bring in over $400 million worldwide).

Last we heard, The Magician’s Nephew – the first film in the series chronologically – was in line to become the next Narnia adaptation. However, Walden has since undergone restructuring and will instead focus on third-party productions, essentially meaning that the company is out of the Narnia business. It appeared as if fans’ hopes for another film were fading fast, but just like Aslan famously returned to the world of the living in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Narnia film series will indeed live on.

The C.S. Lewis Company has announced a partnership with The Mark Gordon Company to develop and produce a fourth film in the series. Rather than going the prequel route, the companies are instead bringing The Silver Chair to the big screen. Originally published in 1953, the novel is set after the events of Dawn Treader and features the return of several of its key characters, though there’s no indication just yet if any of the cast or crew of the previous film will return. Gordon’s film production credits include Source Code and 2012.

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This news certainly comes as good news to fans of the acclaimed seven-book Chronicles of Narnia series and means that there’s still a possibility that the entire saga may make its way to the big screen someday. Still, the announcement curiously makes no mention of Fox producing The Silver Chair, which may indicate that the studio has yet to commit to another Narnia film. The partnership between The C.S. Lewis Company and Gordon’s is a critical first step in backing the new film and starting it on its way to theaters, but until cameras start rolling, there’s still a chance that The Silver Chair may hit another roadblock, as such production difficulties have become especially commonplace for this franchise.

Are you looking forward to another visit to Narnia, or would you prefer that the powers that be give the film series a break? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair as this story develops.

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  1. ALL Three of the Narnia movies were AWESOME!!!! We just finished watching the third one again, and LOVED it like the first time we watched it!!! PLEASE continue the series!!!! We’ve eagerly awaited the forth since we’ve seen the third in theaters!!! ♥♥♥

  2. Another Narnia is definitely going to be welcomed well and warmly!

  3. I would love to see The Silver Chair–and for that matter, the rest of the Narnia books–but I was sorely disappointed with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I would much rather see an adequate representation of the book than a semi-impressive display of CGI. For me, that just isn’t worth it. The more the films depart from the books, the more disappointed the large following of C.S. Lewis fans will be. But I’m definitely all for the movies! Seeing The Magician’s Nephew come to life would be amazing, as well as The Horse and His Boy if they ever decide to attempt a rendition. As a matter of fact, these stories that were never touched by the BBC dramatizations might bring in bigger box-office hits, as they will be a first. Just a thought.

  4. The Narnia films are amazing. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as well as Prince Caspian followed so closely to the novels. I have never seen a movie that kept to the original storyline so well. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was indeed just a little bit disappointing but I would love to see The Silver Chair hit the big screens anyway.

  5. Please get this film made, the sooner the better.

  6. Oh, I hope for a fourth one! It’s doesn’t matter to me if it’s the silver chair or the magicians nephew, I just really want another movie!

  7. So funny how we can have very different views. I loved the Lion, With & Wardrobe and also Voyage of the Dawn Treader. However, I struggled with Prince Caspian because I felt that movie veered from the book too much and I couldn’t take Caspian’s accent.

    In Prince Caspian, the Narnians were NOT the aggressors. So why they had them attack the city was not understood by me. They portrayed them as wanting to take the fight to Miraz but they wanted peace! In the book, Peter sends a message to Miraz for the duel, and it is during that duel when the other officers on Miraz’ side betray him (killing him) and then the war starts. Also, what was the deal with them not thinking Aslan would come and showing Peter utterly disappointed and giving up on Aslan? I think these aspects really got the whole Christian faith wrong and was certainly not what CS Lewis was describing in his novels.

    As for the Dawn Treader, the seven swords was not in the book however I could live with that, it just embellished on their search for the seven Lords. Also, I could live with Eustace staying as a dragon for much longer and helping with the fights. However, what they missed most in this book is the focus on Eustace’s change and most importantly, how he was baptized by Aslan in the novel. They missed this terribly. However, they did at least show his change but it is described in much greater detail his transformation after putting his faith in Aslan (Jesus). I am glad that they included Aslan’s lines at the end however stating that he is known as another name in their world (Jesus).

    I am looking forward to a new movie and hoping that they are able to get Will Poulter back. I think he was the best thing in VotDT as Eustace. His acting was phenomenal and I think he has brought CS Lewis’ character to life better than anyone in their roles.

    Overall, I am happy with the movies and would like to see them finish off the set. It is not as good as Lord of the Rings however but up there. And please note, I said Lord of the Rings, not the new Hobbit movies, those are absolutely terrible. If you want to see a great Hobbit movie, go back and watch the cartoon movie from 1977 that includes wonderful music and songs and keeps true to the book.

    Please feel free to reply with agreements/disagreements as I would like to hear other perspectives on the differences in the movies from the book especially for Prince Caspian.

    BTW, I am up to the Silver Chair now in the novels and I actually liked the Prince Caspain book the best, which is probably what is driving my deep disappointment with that specific movie.

    -Tim

  8. Given that C.S. Lewis wrote 7 Narnia books, and each one is considered a literary classic, I really don’t think this is a film franchise that will sink. I just don’t.

    I fully expect that in due time, ‘The Silver Chair’, ‘The Horse and His Boy’, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, and ‘The Last Battle’ will be made. Sure, a movie can end up in ‘development hell’, but comebacks are always in the cards for the good ones.

    Despite all the stupid critical put-downs ‘Prince Caspian’ gets, I LOVED the movie and I saw it a total of 3 times in the theaters. I also tape-recorded the extended cut shown on ABC Family. Also, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ needs a little love, as well. Regardless of what the box office says, it’s still the Narnia books brought to life from the printed page. IMAGINE how Jack Lewis himself would feel if he got to see Eustace as a dragon, what with today’s special effects!

    • Can you be more specific with regards to stupid critical put downs? I was disappointed with Prince Caspian since it veered so much from the novel.

      FYI- I did not think your comments were directed towards me but want to have a discussion with someone about this specfici movie and you seem to be passionate the other way.

  9. I’ve just finished watching the complete trilogy of Narnia through the original CDs that I bought. First of all, Narnia had been one of my best childhood movie since the first preview of movie, The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe. As you grow up, you get to learn a lot from these movies as you view it from time to time. Loyal fans and supporters would definitely remember this saga that would most probably even let their children to know this saga. I am a fan of Narnia and I would DEFINITELY say yes to visit into the Narnia world again!

  10. OMG!!! I can’t wait for the chapter 4(SILVER CHAIR) of the chronicles of narnia. I really loved the first 3 chapters as well and hope to see more and more adventures in the 4(silver chair) to come. PLEASE HURRY WE ARE WAITING.

  11. To Tim Kline: Not specific at the all. I’m saying, in general… at least as far as the Internet, the Box Office, and a lot of Narnia fans are concerned. I have both of the ‘Official Souvenir Movie Guides’ for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Prince Caspian”. Andrew Adamson is very articulate in all his explanations of how he translated both books to the screen, and he really amazes me in every directorial choice he’s made.

    I even have the Weta ‘Reepicheep’ statue that was made for ‘Prince Caspian’, just the way the ‘Lucy/Mr. Tumnus’ bookend statues were made for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. All the same, I do get tired hearing the majority of people complain about ‘Prince Caspian’. It was very strong, thematically, just like ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’… no one else could have done a better job than Andrew Adamson. I hope he directs another Narnia movie soon… particularly, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’.

  12. Another response to Tim Kline: Bearing in mind that I most definitely am a strong Christian, and thus support Lewis’ themes in his story, I think Adamson’s decision to have a ‘role-reversal’ between Edmund and Peter was wise. Giving Peter the struggles in ‘Prince Caspian’ balanced the scale evenly… and rightly so.

    As was established in the prologue of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, Edmund was never a brat. Just needy and naïve. That picture of his Dad he ran back to salvage showed that Edmund was VERY close to his Dad, and was distraught at being separated from him in light of the London Blitz. Even though Peter said quizzically “Why can’t you just do as you’re told?”, it doesn’t change the fact that Edmund has a heart. He’s not that different from Adrian Monk, who is probably one the most relatable, sympathetic, quest-driven heroes to be seen in the past decade. If it was a picture of Trudy that Adrian had to save, he would have done the same thing as Edmund.

    So, for Peter to struggle with being young again, after ruling Narnia… and having to deal with his ego, it seemed like a very natural thing to do. It also provided the opportunity for Edmund to be ‘the smart one’, for a change. As for why the Narnians took part in that raid on Miraz’s castle, Peter thought he was doing the right thing. If the Telmarines could somehow be defeated within their own fortress, it would hopefully elimate the necessity of another battle on Narnian soil. Unfortunately… the trip turned out to be futile, and the rest of the story carried on.

  13. Yes I loved the book series reading it for over half of my childhood and being able to see it come to life on the big screen as an adult is just wonderful. I loved all 3 of them and look forward to seeing the rest of the series on the big screen.

    Thank you!

  14. It would mean the world to me if they continued to make the films. I love the books and the movies so much they are my favorite series. And yes the Dawn Treader wasn’t the best, but I still loved it as all true Narnia fans do. Ive been looking forward to the next movie for 3 years now and I don’t want to be let down.

  15. Why is it that movie executives can’t see that the reason nobody paid money for the movie(I bought the first two DVDs of the Narnia movies and saw it in the theater. I saw the third one in the theater but it was so awful I refuse to buy the DVD.)is because it was rewritten beyond recognition?

    I cringed all the way through the third movie. I have no desire to see it again and regret the money I spent on it. Why is this? Because the story as written by the original author in the book and the story as displayed in the movie are so different as to be unrecognizable. After seeing it in the theater, I myself told friends and family who had not yet see the movie to avoid it at all costs. I was not the only one. Many people were horrified by the drastic revision the movie wreaked upon the original story.

    Movie executives can’t admit they made a mistake. All they had to do was to stay true to the book. That was Peter Jackson’s mantra throughout the Lord of the Rings production. I believe that the people who made the third Narnia movie are idiots and should not be allowed to participate in the making of another one for certain.