Silver Chair to reboot Chronicles of Narnia franchise

For those of us who thought the Chronicles of Narnia films stopped (or at least stalled due to poor box office) with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you can rejoice.

The franchise is being given a second go with a reboot from TriStar Pictures, who has teamed with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One (eOne) to continue the Narnia story in theaters with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. The picture will be financed by TriStar, eOne and The Mark Gordon Company with Sony and eOne distributing the picture. No release date has been given at this time but plans are definitely moving forward.

A classic series of seven novels that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and published in more than 50 languages, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia began with the publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 1950. Six more novels (including the prequel, The Magician’s Nephew, and the sequels, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle) followed over the next six years. The final title in the series, The Last Battle, was awarded the highest mark of excellence in children’s literature, the prestigious Carnegie Award.

The film series has also garnered about $1.6 billion worldwide.

The Silver Chair continues the story of Eustace Scrubb, the doubting Pevensie cousin inDawn Treader, who is now dispatched by the Lion Aslan to find the missing King Caspian. With him for the adventure is classmate Jill Pope. It is currently unclear how many direct connections Silver Chair will have to the Walden-produced films, including whether or not Liam Neeson will return to lend his voice to Aslan. It is doubtful that Will Poulter, who played Eustace in Dawn Treader, will return.

David Magee (screenwriter of The Life of Pi and Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay in December, with Mark Gordon teasing in January that The Silver Chair will reboot the series to create a “brand new franchise.”

The producer teased that there will be “all original characters, different directors and an all new team” that is working on the adaptation. Stay tuned for more updates on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair as soon as more details are released.

Source: MovieWeb.com, The Hollywood Reporter

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.