The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise quickly went from treading dawn to treading water, and five years after its most recent entry it's finally set to return - kind of. Mark Gordon, the producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, told Collider that the adaptation of Narnia's fourth book is in active development, but that it won't be the fourth film in the franchise: The Silver Chair will be the start of its own Narnia movie line.
The Silver Chair takes place decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Narnia-years, with King Caspian now an old man searching for his missing heir, so it's a logical breaking point for the franchise. Though even earthling Eustace Scrubb, who is once again called into the fantasy realm by the immortal Aslan, will be played by a new actor. None of the cast from the first three Narnia movies will reprise their roles, and the crew behind the camera will be all-new as well (the Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company acquired the rights to the film franchise from The Walden Group in 2013).
Assuming the new owners don't care to tread (sorry) old ground, they will still have three more Narnia books to adapt: The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, and The Last Battle. Those first two books were published between The Silver Chair and The Last Battle, but they actually take place earlier in the series. I'm interested to see how Gordon and company handle the timeline, and whether they decide to split any of the books up, Harry Potter style.
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