Despite its popularity and cultural relevance, and pulling in some decent cash with the first installment, the Chronicles of Narnia never managed to become a major hit. But that could all change soon.
It’s been five years since the last Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, opened wide and went on to a mediocre box-office run. It seemed the franchise, based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved book series, could’ve been dead at that point. But Hollywood loves a good intellectual property — so get ready for a (semi-)reboot.
Producer Mark Gordon has announced the series will be revived with the fourth book in the series, The Silver Chair. They’ve been working on a draft of the script for about a year, and it sounds like they finally have it figured out. Though the project is being billed as a reboot, that’s a bit misleading, since many of the characters in The Silver Chair are new, anyway, and the carryovers can be recast. If you’re wanting to reboot, this is as good a place as any to do it.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments to Collider:
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it … [I]t’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
The first two Narnia films received favorable critical reception, up until Voyage of the Dawn Treader stumbled out, so a nice break and fresh take on the franchise could be just the thing to get it back on track. If nothing else, the team seems willing to make changes and hopefully breathe some fresh life into one of the most beloved franchises in literary history. Here’s hoping it’s worth the wait.