The New CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Film Is Moving Forward with LIFE OF PI Scribe and Financing
Tristan Pictures and producer Mark Gordon are teaming up to develop another film in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise. They are developing a big screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair, which is being financed by Entertainment One. Earlier this year it was reported that this film will be used to reboot the franchise. During a previously interview, Gordon said:
“It’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.”
So I assume none of the original cast are going to be coming back either. They’ve hired Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee to adapt the book as a feature film. I loved Life of Pi, so this gives me hope that the movie will at least have a solid script.
I never thought this film franchise reached its full potential. All of the movies have been made so far were ok, but they weren’t great. They’ve never gone to the level of epicness of films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and that’s the level that these Chronicles of Narnia films need to be.
The Silver Chair is set a decade into Narnia’s future. It’s kind of a standalone story, which makes it perfect for a reboot point. If you're not familiar, here’s the official description of the story:
NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins. Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face and face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.
I really hope for the best for this adaption of The Silver Chair. It’s a great story and hopefully whatever filmmaking team they bring together to tell this story will be able to give it that fantastical epicness that it deserves.