In the most recent run of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise we have had three films so far, started by Disney and then picked up by 20th Century Fox. Back in January it was revealed that there plans to continue the film series with The Silver Chair with new studios and it looks like these gears have started turning.
Producer Mark Gordon announced back in January that he intended to continue the film franchise of The Chronicles of Narnia with The Silver Chair as the next film. Although this would fit in with the timeline set by the previous films he is actually also looking at taking this opportunity to kickstart this as a brand new Narnia series with new filmmakers and actors, almost like a reboot. He now has found some studio backing from TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One.
This announcement pushes The Silver Chair very close to being full development for the big screen. Gordon hasn’t said anything about who will be involved from the film aside from himself and writer David Magee (Life of Pi) who is charged with adapting the classic C.S. Lewis story.
In a statement from Gordon about getting the project up and running he has 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.”
The Silver Chair is set 50 years (Narnia time) after the events of Voyage of the Dawn Treader and features Eustace (played previously by a young Will Poulter) and his classmate Jill Pole as they are called into Narnia by Aslan himself. They are charged with helping them find Capsian’s son Prince Rilian who disappeared while on a quest to avenge his murdered mother. In the story, Eustace is still a young lad who has barely aged since he last saw Caspian who is now a much older man.