The Chronicles of Narnia looked like it had faded away after the third installment, 2010’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The first movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was a hit but the movies could never sustain an audience. A couple years ago when Walden Media was still attached, they floated the possibility of skipping ahead to the sixth book, The Magician’s Nephew. But now that Walden has left, the Mark Gordon Company is hoping to revitalize the property by teaming up with The C.S. Lewis Company to adapt the fourth book in the series, The Silver Chair. In the fourth novel, less than a year has passed in England, but decades have gone by in Narnia. Aslan calls in Eustace Scrubb (from Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and Jill Pole to help find Prince Caspian’s son and only heir, Prince Rilian.
No writer or director is currently attached, and it will be interesting to see if the Mark Gordon Company can turn the franchise’s fortunes around. Hit the jump for the press release.
THE C.S. LEWIS COMPANY FORGES CREATIVE ALLIANCE WITH THE MARK GORDON COMPANY ON THE FOURTH NARNIA FILM
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS ON THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE NARNIA JOURNEY
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 1, 2013) – The C.S. Lewis Company has entered into an agreement with The Mark Gordon Company to jointly develop and produce THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR, the fourth book published in C.S. Lewis’ famed fantasy series. The announcement was made today by The C.S. Lewis Company.
Mark Gordon stated, “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.”
Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis stated, “I have a great deal of respect for Mark Gordon’s work and am confident that together we can bring the beauty and magical delight that Narnia engenders in the hearts of those who read the books to the screen in ‘The Silver Chair.’ I am very much looking forward to diving once more into Narnia, this time with Mark Gordon and his team.”
Mark Gordon and Douglas Gresham along with Vincent Sieber, the LA based Director of The C.S. Lewis Company, will serve as producers and work with The Mark Gordon Company on developing the script. Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith will oversee for The Mark Gordon Company.
Vincent Sieber stated, “We are very excited by this partnership and to be able to work on this movie from its earliest conception on such a collaborative basis. It gives us the opportunity to develop a script and then produce a film with some of the most talented industry professionals whilst remaining completely faithful to this much loved book.”
The first three Narnia films combined have grossed over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.
A classic series of seven novels that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” began with the publication of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” in 1950. Six more novels (including the prequel, “The Magician’s Nephew,” and the sequels, “The Horse and His Boy,” “Prince Caspian,” “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “The Silver Chair” and “The Last Battle”) would follow in the next six years. The final title in the series, “The Last Battle,” was awarded the highest mark of excellence in children’s literature, the prestigious Carnegie Award.
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About The Mark Gordon Company
The Mark Gordon Company is a film and television production company whose film credits include SOURCE CODE, THE MESSENGER, 2012, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE PATRIOT, TALK TO ME, THE PAINTED VEIL, THE HOAX, WONDER BOYS and SPEED. Television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Ray Donovan (Showtime),” “Private Practice” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), and “Army Wives” (Lifetime/ABC).
Gordon is a five-time Emmy Award nominee with two wins and has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
Gordon is the President of the Producers Guild of America and serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls and the Virginia Film Festival. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and has served on the boards of The UCLA Lab School, Chrysalis, and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. Gordon is the founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools. Gordon is a co-founder of Intern Sushi, an innovative online resource that reinvents the internship application and hiring process.