C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia is being rebooted for the big screen. According to Deadline, the movie franchise will be revived with The Silver Chair.
Sony’s offshoot TriStar will be joining forces with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company and eOne to bring a new chapter of the C.S. Lewis classic book series to theaters, with Life of Pi and Finding Neverland’s David Magee already working on the script. Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis’ stepson), Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce the movie.
This is a second chance at life for the Narnia movie franchise. 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.
Mark Gordon told Deadline: “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”
TriStar head Hannah Minghella added: “Reading The Chronicles of Narnia was one of the formative experiences of my childhood, just as it has been for children around the world for generations. To have the opportunity to bring new life to the Narnia films with a new creative team is a career highlight. Our mission is to build TriStar Pictures as a home for filmmaker-driven literary and commercial movies, and this film represents a huge step forward for us. We’re thrilled to be working with Mark, Doug, Melvin, Vincent, and David as we adapt The Silver Chair.”
Gresham, who happens to be the stepson of the late author C.S. Lewis said: “It’s been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it’s a thrill to welcome Tristar to our Narnia family. I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair.”
The Silver Chair is the fourth novel in the seven book series (all were released between 1950 and 1956) and was published in 1953. Instead of the Pevensie children, the story centers on their cousin Eustace Scrubb (played by Will Poulter in Dawn Treader) and his friend Jill Pole, who return to Narnia when summoned by Aslan to search for Prince Caspian's long-missing son, Prince Rilian.
Are you excited to see Narnia finally return to the big screen? Do you think The Silver Chair is the perfect story to reboot the movie franchise?