While attending Comic Con Paris earlier this week, the director gave an interview about the project, which he describes as being darker, and it sounds as though he’s working to create a whole new world for the franchise. He also revealed that it will be his last film as a director.
“I don’t want it look like the other films,” Johnston said. “I want audiences to look at The Silver Chair and think this is a whole new vision of The Chronicles of Narnia. In fact, I don’t even want to reference the other films. It’s like it’s starting a whole new thing.”
Based on the book by C.S. Lewis – the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) – production won’t begin until next winter, and will take “a couple of years” to film, according to Johnston.
In addition to it being a whole new vision, the project is also being made at a whole new studio; Sony’s offshoot TriStar is joining forces with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and eOne. The previous three movies – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) – grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. While the first two were made by Disney, the third was distributed by Fox.
Talking about rumors that it will be Johnston’s (Jumanji, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Rocketeer) last movie, he confirmed: “That’s the plan,” adding, “I think I’m just ready to go do something else now.”
The Silver Chair is expected to be released sometime in 2019.
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