‘The Silver Chair’ will Reboot ‘Narnia’ Franchise

The Chronicles Of Narnia

One of the Chronicles of Narnia producers, Mark Gordon, made some remarks about the fourth in the Narnia series during the TCA winter press tour that Collider happened to be attending.

He told the trade that the film franchise is experiencing a bit of a rebirth, confirming that the upcoming fantasy film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is in active development and that they’re hoping to begin production “very shortly.”

When asked if the new movie will see any of the original cast reprising their roles, his response was,

“No, 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.”

C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair takes place a decade into Narnia’s future, and the only major returning character is Eustace Clarence Scrubb (Will Poulter), a cousin of the Pevensies who was introduced in the latest installment, and Gordon’s comments confirmed that they’ll be indeed re-casting Eustace. I’m guessing this also means a new look for Aslan the lion, the Christ-like character voiced by Liam Neeson. I’m assuming that he did not mean to replace the new characters, which include Jill Pole, a classmate of Eustace at their school Experiment House; Puddleglum, a Marsh-wiggle who helps them; and Prince Rilian, the kidnapped son of King Caspian.

Umm, it’s like The Force Awakens with Star Wars. The movie was Episode VII in the franchise, but it was not a “reboot.” “Relaunch” is a better word for this. The Silver Chair is simply the next logical story following the first three Chronicles of Narnia films – The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Last summer, Life of Pi and Finding Neverland scribe David Magee announced that he’d completed his first draft of The Silver Chair. The film doesn’t have a release date in mind just yet, but as we hear more, we’ll keep you posted.