The Chronicles of Narnia haven’t quite provided the Harry Potter-sized hits studios were hoping for, but the movies have consistently done enough business to sustain a conversation about the continuation of the series. The third film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, earned a moderately disappointing $104 million at the domestic box office, but rang up an additional $300 million internationally. So 20th Century Fox and Walden Media are discussing the possibility of another movie — however, their book choice may surprise you. Co-founder and president of Walden Michael Flaherty spoke about next adapting The Magician’s Nephew, the sixth book in C.S. Lewis’ fantasy series:
“We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about The Magician’s Nephew being our next film. If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years.”
Read more of what he had to say, plus a synopsis of the book, after the break.
Now that The Chronicles of Narnia is a bona fide billion-dollar cinematic franchise, producers are exploring the rest of author C.S. Lewis’ bibliography for adaptable works. Variety reports that Mpower Pictures will team up with Beloved Pictures to bring Lewis’ 1945 religious allegory The Great Divorce to the big screen. The rights have been secured at Beloved for awhile, but fresh off The Stoning of Soraya M., Mpower is new to the project. Children’s book author N.D. Wilson (the 100 Cupboards trilogy) is attached to write the screenplay.
The fantasy novel revolves around a resident of Hell who boards a bus en route to Heaven. Hit the jump for a full synopsis.
Though Disney decided not to move forward with The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Fox picked up the ball and slated the third entry The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for a 3D release on December 10, 2010.
Based on the C.S. Lewis novel, Voyage follows the continuing adventures of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with obnoxious cousin Eustace, as they sail the Narnian seas. Check out the trailer after the jump.