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.

Source: The C.S. Lewis Company

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  1. I’m looking forward to the making of Silver chair. Hope it will happen soon. So glad it’s finally continuing.

  2. Would love to see them make the rest of the Narnia series into films. My family would definitely go see them in the theater.

  3. I have mixed feelings about this. I was very, very disappointed by the first three films. It seemed the filmmakers had no respect for the source material, particularly with “Prince Caspian” and “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” I just hope that the cast and crew of this new film realize that what will draw people to a Narnia is the same as what draws us to the books. Let’s hope they stay faithful to Lewis’ original work.

    • I totally agree, Maureen. All too often it seems movies are made simply to throw a big, well-known title out there and attract a crowd, without respecting the original works. These books certainly deserve better!

  4. Of the four remaining, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is the one I want to see most. As a kid, reading the part in the dead world scared the crap out of me, and if done properly that (and the witch wielding a light post on a hansom cab in London) would be AWESOME on screen. It is, admittedly, almost certainly the most expensive and visually challenging one to make.

    If they continue to do them in order at a reasonable pace, there could be 15 years between the original movie and ‘The Last Battle’, which means little Lucy (who was amazing) might be difficult to reprise…

    • In the last book, Lucy, Edmund and Peter are technically supposed to be in their twenties anyway, so they could still use the same actors. They seem to use actors in their twenties to play teens all the time, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

  5. The kid who played Eustace in Dawn Treader is already too old for The Silver Chair. He’ll be a late twenty-something by the time The Last Battle might come into being. The last two films were not terrible, but they were a little disappointing. Don’t really think it worth the effort.

  6. Hurrah for another C.S. Lewis film. I pray for God’s direction to all of those involved.

    • Definitely with you on the prayer! Praying that God’s hand will work in all of this and help it to come together the way it’s supposed to.

  7. Of course, the movies can never live up to the books. Everyone should read the books. Still, the movies are wonderful in their own way. I love them and watch them over and over again; and I hope to see all the rest of the series. Certainly we will have to get used to new actors, and will miss the original ones. But real people are not ageless as characters in stories are. There will always be a new Lucy (and others) to take the place of the old one.

    • Yes please! Would love to see more of Narnia!!!

    • They do get older in the books. By the last book, Eustace and Jill are in their late teens and the others are in their twenties, and as they often use older actors to portray younger characters, it shouldn’t be a problem. I’m holding out for the same actors and hoping they’ll still use them, cause it would be really cool if all the movies felt like they fit together. They’ve got to be at least as good as the old BBC versions!

  8. I truly hope they go ahead with the production of this film. I have been having Narnia movie cravings for a year now. Oh what a joy it would be to see another film come to the screen.

  9. It’s going to be a great movie

  10. Oh Please, oh Please, oh Please do another Narnia!! It’s been sooo long and I loved the first three movies! I know that there were some differences between the movies and the books, but I do believe overall the movies did a really great job. I was hoping the next movie would be The Silver Chair because it was the next book in the series…if you go by how C.S. Lewis wrote the books. I would hope that fans would come to love a new cast as much as we did for the first 3 movies. I do hope this is not a joke and that this is a legitimate prospect. I would hope that whoever decides to make more of Narnia, will stay true to Lewis’ books and that God will be involved in every part.
    Signed a Narnia book-lover

  11. I would really love for the rest of the series to be made into movies. I hope it will happen!!

  12. By all means, please continue the series! Just make sure you do the story justice, as you’ve done (at least for the most part) with the others. The first movie was right on target for giving the story more dimension for the screen and a wider audience, translating Prince Caspian was a little off in a couple of areas but for the most part well done, Dawn Treader I think could have used a little more fleshing out but stuck admirably well to the story. The Silver Chair is my favorite book of the seven, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for it to be translated to the screen! If the previous films are good indicators, I have no doubt that your team will do a fantastic job with the film.

  13. These are amazing news thanks to God! I really like the way they portray Aslan as God and His Sovereignity. I am praying for God to keep the cast the same and also so they do the seven books into movies. I’m also praying for God to provide them all they need to make the movie. I really like ALL of the movies and I do not like it when people talk scathingly against the movies

  14. I truly hope they make the next book “The Silver Chair” into a feature films as magnificently as “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”. The acting and the special effects were marvelous! We have bought all 3 movies, as well as seeing them at the movies. I gave no ideas how many times I’ve watched them. I would truly love to be kept up to date on it’s progress!

  15. Yeah I really hope they do ‘The Silver Chair’ first and then ‘The Magician’s Nephew’. I pray they make all the seven books into movies and keep the same cast.

  16. I cant wait for another film.. Big fan of Narnia! So is everyone I know. The magicians nephew is my most anticipated book yet, but i’ll go see any of them just as excuse to go and see Aslan on the big screen.

  17. ok folks, out of all the books that were adapted to the big screen, how many movies actually were better than the book. and how many films actually followed the the book to the exact story line? take for instance, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, hated the books, loved the movies. same to be said for the Star Wars Saga, but that’s just my own opinoin.

  18. There needs to be a last film that says what happened after the war. Or if Youstes ever goes back to Narnia. They can leave it like this, and we need to know who is Aslan in the real world. There needs to be the silver chair.

  19. First, the last two movies were not that bad. Prince Caspian , in my opinion, is not a book that translates well into a movie so I think they did very well with it. A lot of plot was changed, but they stayed true to the impact of the story, I thought. It could have probably done without the power struggle between Peter and Caspian, but I thought that was the worst of it. The Voyage of the Dawn Trader could have been better with regards to a couple of plot issues, but overall, I enjoyed the film.

    Second, I’m really looking forward to seeing the Silver Chair come to life. It is a very fun story and I think it would translate quite well to film.

    Third, am I the only one who liked A Horse and His Boy best of all? Not that The Magicians Nephew isn’t great….

    Last, we are not told directly who Aslan is in our world in any of the books, but if anyone is bursting to know, He is the Lion of Judah himself, Jesus Christ.

  20. would love to see The Last Battle

  21. “Are you looking forward to another visit to Narnia, or would you prefer that the powers that be give the film series a break?”

    There will be at least a 7 years break between Dawn Treader and Silver Chair. Its enough time to get this series back on track. Magee seems like a good place to start.

  22. I was a little disappointed in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It deviated considerably from the book. However, the creators of the film left in a most important part which was great. Aslan’s words to Lucy and Emond, that He goes by a different name in their world and that they must learn that name. That said it all. I would really like to see ALL of the Narnia books made into movies but I really hope that The Silver Chair will be next and that those who do it would stay a close to the original story line as possible.

  23. I have loved the first 3 films and I wish for another exciting story. I really hope that another Narnia film will come I want to have the entire story line from the book but in movies so that I can share this wonderful feeling of joy with my family. Please if anyone with some power is looking at this please push for another film.

  24. I dread the idea of another Narnia movie for the simple reason that the second book movie was massacred. Let me state for the record that I am a non-christian but I loved those books as a child, and in the second movie they essentially made Aslan Lucy’s pet. “I am not a tame lion”. Apparently the filmmakers thought he was. They took far too many liberties with the source material, and way too much toning down of the allegorical aspects (this from a non-christian). The third movie was a bit better, but only just. If they stay true to the source material in a new movie, great. I’ll go see it. If they do not, I won’t be.

    To the film-makers:Get it right, or leave it alone!

    • And if they do make the silver chair, Puddleglum better jolly well say “I shouldn’t wonder”!

  25. I’d be happy to see the series be completed. I hope this one gets the ball rolling.

  26. I’ll cry if the movie doesn’t make it :c

  27. I think The Silver Chair should be made into a movie as well as The Magicians Nephew and The Last Battle. Please continue to try making it. Looking forward to seeing it!! :-)

  28. Please bring out the next film soon, seems such a shame to only produce some and not all of them. They are great films loved by all the family, don’t stop making them, make more!

  29. I realllly want to see another Narnia movie, THEY’D BETTER HURRY UP!

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