Although it seemed like The Chronicles of Narnia series was destined to remain a trilogy on the big screen, this week brings news that a fourth movie is actually in development after all. Although the last installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, earned just over $100 million on a $155 million budget domestically, it ended up turning a profit by adding another $300 million overseas (as is quickly becoming the case with almost every big blockbuster nowadays). Now the franchise has changed hands once again from Fox to The Mark Gordon Company, who will jointly develop and produce the next movie with The C.S. Lewis Company. Surprisingly, it isn’t The Magician’s Nephew that they have chosen to adapt as previously rumoured, but instead it will be The Silver Chair. Mark Gordon had this to say about the announcement:
“Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’s beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia.”
Gordon is perhaps best known for producing many of Roland Emmerich’s films including The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, although in recent years he has focused more on television. The Silver Chair takes place 50 years after the events of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (in Narnia, that is) with Eustace becoming the main protagonist along with a girl named Jill. An elderly King Caspian also appears. It’s unclear if Will Poulter and Ben Barnes will reprise their roles, but I have a hard time seeing Will Poulter in the lead role for a production of this magnitude. Are you looking forward to taking another trip to Narnia?