The recent history of the Chronicles Of Narnia movies has been a chequered one. Slowly but surely, the series stuttured its way from The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe to Prince Caspian and then The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. The latter did decent business at the box office, but any further instalments (prequel The Magician’s Nephew was planned for adaptation) appeared to have been indefinitely shelved after production company Walden Media’s contract with the estate of author CS Lewis expired.
Now, it would seem that the cogs are moving again. Back in January, producer Mark Gordon announced plans to continue the series – not with The Magician’s Newphew, but via sequel The Silver Chair. Now, he has both studio backing in the form of TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One, and a writer for the project, with David Magee (Life Of Pi, Finding Neverland) being signed up.
Speaking in a statement, Gordon said, “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy… We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”
No cast members have been announced yet, although we can hope that we’ll see the return of Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb, and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan. As for the rest of the cast, it’s unclear. This is set 50 years after the events of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, and Caspian is an old man by this point, so we’ll either get a heavily made-up Ben Barnes or a new actor. Either way, CS Lewis fans should be happy.
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