It’s been six years since we’ve had a Chronicles of Narnia movie, but The Silver Chair, the fourth book published in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, will be making its way to theaters soon. Here’s what fans of the franchise should know.
1. The Silver Chair won’t actually be the fourth film in the franchise.
According to producer Mark Gordon, The Silver Chair will instead be launching an entirely new Narnia franchise.
The Silver Chair takes place decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with a much older Prince Caspian searching for his lost heir. Given the time gap, The Silver Chair is an obvious jumping off point for rebooting the series.
2. The original cast will not be returning.
Gordon tells Collider: “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.”
Although the character of Eustace Scrubb appears in both The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair, his part will be recast. The voice of immortal lion Aslan will be recast as well.
3. The film will also have an entirely different crew behind the scenes.
Walden Media produced the first three films but lost the rights in 2013 when the second and third Narnia films underperformed, reports Collider. The Silver Chair will be produced by Mark Gordon Company.
4. The screenplay for The Silver Chair was written by a Hollywood pro.
David Magee is best known for his Life of Pi and Finding Neverland screenplays.
5. There are still three Narnia novels yet to be adapted.
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