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 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.