C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy book series The Chronicles of Narnia has endured through children’s literature for decades, and has had three film adaptations under its belt. Disney produced the first two books in the series, hoping to have their own Lord of the Rings/Harry Potter equivalent. The first book adapted was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe which was successful in both a critical and commercial standpoint. The second book brought to the screen was Prince Caspian, which was a modest hit – but not the success that Disney had hoped for. Afterwards, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was brought to the screen by 20th Century Fox.
But for years, it looked like the big screen potential for this series has diminished, leaving Lewis’ remaining four books without an official onscreen adaptation. Well, after many announcements over the years it looks like audiences may finally return to Narnia. The Silver Chair is inching its way to a big screen adaptation, and Sony’s TriStar will finance along with eOne and The Mark Gordon Company.
The Silver Chair will be produced by Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams. A screenplay is being written by David Magee (Finding Neverland; Life of Pi). It has been previously reported that the new Narnia revival would serve as a soft reboot and continue on with a brand new cast.
I am pleased to hear that we are finally closer to a return to Narnia. C.S. Lewis’ books have been integral to modern fantasy along with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. These stories deserve just as much love and dedication to their film adaptations, and hopefully this time around the right filmmakers are brought to these projects and will properly bring Lewis’ world to life.