Fans of the popular book series Chronicles of Narnia by author C.S. Lewis have been left wondering what the future prospects are for the film franchise. It has been six years since the last entry in the saga, and rumblings have continued that a new franchise could be on the horizon in the near future. Following diminishing returns at the box office for the three previous films (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; and Voyage of the Dawn Treader), it would be easy to see why a studio would not jump at the chance to reboot the franchise.
If you are a fan of the original three movies or the novels, some good news has just arrived. After screenwriter David Magee finished the script last year, a new report indicates that the awaited reboot just took the next step forward.
Deadline is reporting that TriStar Pictures, The Marc Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One are teaming up to bring new life to the book series, moving forward with plans to bring an adaptation of Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair to the big screen.
The Silver Chair is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia story and has ties to the first three books. Instead of the Pevensie children being the lead characters, this adventure instead focuses on their cousin Eustace, formerly played by Will Poulter. However, with this being confirmed as a reboot of the franchise, do not expect Poulter or any other actors from the first three films to reprise their roles.
While this may sound like good news at the moment, there are still plenty of hurdles in the way of the movie ever hitting theaters. Although a script is complete, there is no director attached to the project yet, nor are there any cast members currently lined up. Now that there are producers such as Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams backing the film, Sony will be looking to find talent to attach to project and nail down a release date when possible. Both of these are plausible given the name brand that comes with these books, so there should be more news on this project, hopefully, in the coming months.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is currently without a release date.