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CHRONICLES OF NARNIA Reboot THE SILVER CHAIR Moving Forward at Sony

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The Chronicles of Narnia franchise is heading back to the big screen. Disney set about adapting author C.S. Lewis’ fantasy series with 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, which was then followed by the sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but the franchise came to a halt soon after the 2010 release of Voyage with little movement in the ensuing years. This past January, however, producer Mark Gordon said that the series was getting a reboot with an adaptation of the fourth book, The Silver Chair:

“It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

At the time the project wasn’t yet set up at a studio, but now Deadline reports that the Sony-based TriStar Pictures is teaming up with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and eOne to bring The Silver Chair to fruition.

chronicles-of-narnia-silver-chair-book-cover-357x600Life of Pi and Finding Neverland scribe David Magee is onboard to write the script, and The Silver Chair actually lends itself to a franchise reboot quite well. The story picks up decades after the events of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Narnia time, with Prince Caspian X now an old man whose son and only heir goes missing. Aslan the lion then sends a pair of children from England to Narnia to attempt to recover him.

Disney’s first Chronicles of Narnia film was quite successful, as The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe grossed $745 million worldwide. Its sequel, however, amassed only $419 million in 2008, and Disney subsequently dropped the franchise. Fox 2000 continued on with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which kept the cast intact and grossed a respectable $415 million, but given that it was basically just on par with its predecessor, Fox 2000 didn’t see a future in the series and called it a day.

Now TriStar—operating under a new mandate from Sony head Tom Rothman to seek literary material that will travel worldwide—is taking a crack at it with an entirely new creative team, introducing a new generation to Lewis’ beloved book series.

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