“The Chronicles of Narnia” is coming back to the big screen!
Sony-based TriStar Pictures has revealed that it is rebooting C.S. Lewis’s much-loved “Chronicles of Narnia” series, starting with the author’s 1953 novel “The Silver Chair.” According to Deadline, TriStar is teaming up with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company and eOne to bring “The Silver Chair” to fruition.
The first two installments in Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” book series were adapted by Disney into 2005’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and 2008’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” In 2010, the third book was adapted by 20th Century Fox into “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
Oscar-nominated scribe David Magee (“Life of Pi” and “Finding Neverland”) was already writing the script for “The Silver Chair,” which — according to Collider — lends itself to a franchise reboot pretty well.
In “The Silver Chair” novel — decades after the events of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in Narnia time — Aslan the Lion sends Eustace Scrubb and his classmate Jill Pole to Narnia to help him find and rescue the missing Prince Rillian, son of King Caspian and the rightful heir to the Narnian throne.
Liam Neeson voiced Aslan, while Will Poulter and Ben Barnes played Eustace and Caspian, respectively, in the first three movies. It has yet to be seen whether Neeson, Poulter and Barnes will return to the franchise, but Entertainment Weekly noted that TriStar plans to “tackle the continuing story with a fresh approach to capture a broad global audience.”
Mark Gordon also told Collider this past January that “Chronicles of Narnia” is “going to be a brand new franchise,” starting with “The Silver Chair.”
“[It’s] all original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from,” he said at the time.