If, like us, you’re a fan of T.S. Lewis’s iconic The Chronicles of Narnia, then today is your lucky day – the cinematic saga which started over a decade ago with 2005’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and concluded with 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is being rebooted.
In an interview with Collider, returning series producer Mark Gordon has today given an update on the newest instalment in the franchise, The Silver Chair, saying that he’s “very excited” about the new film and is “hoping to make the movie very shortly”. If you remember, 2010’s Dawn Treader was met with a pretty lukewarm reception from critics, which is a shame as we thought it was very good, especially as it launched a post-Son of Rambow and then-rising star Will Poulter into mainstream Hollywood with his excellent turn as the spiteful cousin of protagonists Edmund and Lucy, Eustace.
The Silver Chair, however, will be a completely fresh start for the franchise and will serve as a reboot, according to Gordon:
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.
Thankfully, however, for those wondering, the “original characters” he refers to won’t be randomly plucked from a scriptwriter’s mind, as he later confirmed that they will be native to Lewis’s Narnia literary tales.
Although The Silver Chair has been officially in development since around the time Dawn Treader was released, today’s announcement is the first confirmation we’ve had in years that the project is still going ahead as planned, with no new announcements other than a debunked Tweet from writer David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland)’s private Twitter account in mid-2015 where he apparently announced a first draft of the film’s script was complete.
The plot of The Silver Chair, then, is one of typical Narnia lore, where cousins Eustace and Jill are transported to Narnia to find the missing son of Prince Caspian, played in 2008’s Prince Caspian and its follow-up Dawn Treader by Ben Barnes (Stardust, Dorian Gray). Sadly, from Gordon’s comments, it seems Poulter won’t be returning to his role as Eustace, or indeed whether the character will be recast – it’s entirely possible the plot of the film will be amended for the cinematic adaptation to encompass a new set of characters entirely, who will most likely carry through into subsequent instalments should they be commissioned.
No date has yet been set for the arrival of The Silver Chair in cinemas, however as soon as we get more news, we’ll be sure to post it here.