Joe Johnston to Direct Narnia: The Silver Chair

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Almost four years after The Mark Gordon Company acquired The Chronicles of Narnia series from Fox and announced their intention to develop the sixth novel, The Silver Chair, for the big screen, they are now finally ready to move forward with it. Disney released the first film in the series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, way back in 2005 followed by Prince Caspian in 2008. Fox later teamed with Walden Media for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010, but interest seemed to be tapering off. Now TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One are getting into the game and they have hired a solid director in Joe Johnston to help relaunch the fantasy series. Mark Gordon had this to say about the announcement:

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces… Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring The Silver Chair to the screen.”

Johnston is best known for directing ’90s action adventure films like The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III and Jumanji, but more recently he directed Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel. His latest film was a smaller VOD thriller called Not Safe for Work which mostly seemed to fly under the radar. Returning to blockbuster territory seems like a good move for him, although it remains to be seen if audiences are dying for a new Narnia installment. Are you looking forward to Narnia: The Silver Chair?

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