Narnia Sequel and Reboot: “Silver Chair” to be 4th Movie in Series

Exciting news to announce! For any fans of the C.S. Lewis series the Chronicles of Narnia, get ready to get excited!  The fourth movie in the series is coming soon! It will be called Silver Chair, and

Exciting news to announce!

For any fans of the C.S. Lewis series the Chronicles of Narnia, get ready to get excited!  The fourth movie in the series is coming soon!

It will be called Silver Chair, and it is being called both a sequel and a reboot of the series.  While the previous movies focused on the Pevensie children, the new movie will focus on Eustace Scrubb, who travels to Narnia to save the kidnapped child of Prince Caspian.

More details, from Variety:

“Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “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.”

From Inverse:

Eustace Scrubb will soon return to Narnia on a mission from Aslan and King Caspian X when the next film in the Narnia franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, premieres in theaters. At least, that’s how C.S. Lewis’s book of the same name goes. Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston will helm the project, which will act as both a revival and a follow-up to the series’ previous three films.

The franchise’s other three films — The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader — followed the initial Narnia adventures of the various Pevensie siblings, with their cousin Eustace (portrayed by Will Poulter) being introduced in Dawn Treader. The only other possible familiar faces in the upcoming Silver Chair would be Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson in the previous films) and Caspian X (portrayed by Ben Barnes in Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader).

More rundown, from NarniaWeb:

It has been over six years since we saw Narnia on the big screen, but a 4th movie is on the way. Here is what we know about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

Development

The film is being developed and produced by The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company. Walden Media is not involved.

Producers
Douglas Gresham (step-son of C.S. Lewis), Mark Gordon, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams.

Director
Update: Joe Johnston has been announced.

Screenplay
Academy Award nominee David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) is writing the script. The Lady of the Green Kirtle will apparently have a name. And, Gresham confirmed that Puddleglum’s famous speech from chapter 12 will be in the film.

Cast
Producer Mark Gordon indicated none of the original cast would return, but this has not been officially announced. Eustace, Aslan, Caspian, and Trumpkin are the only returning characters in the book. It is worth noting that Will Poulter, who played Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is now 24 years old (Eustace is 9 years old in The Silver Chair according to C.S. Lewis’s timeline).

Distribution
Sony, eOne

Financing
Tristar, eOne, The Mark Gordon Company

Reboot?
Some seemingly off-the-cuff statements by Producer Mark Gordon started rumors that The Silver Chair will reboot Narnia. While the film will undeniably be a reboot in the sense that it will restart a franchise after a long hiatus… it remains to be seen if it will take place in a continuity separate from the first three films.

Release Date
To be announced. Gresham hopes to start “the next phase of pre-production” sometime this year. Based on that, we would estimate that late 2018 is probably the earliest the film could be released.
UPDATE (4-3-17): Gresham hopes to start filming this Fall and release in late 2018.

Stay tuned!

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