Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures released “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” film adaptation in 2005. It is, by far, the most popular film among the series. In 2008, “Prince Caspian” followed then “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” was released in 2010. Everyone thought this 2010 sequel would be the last film adaptation of the C.S. Lewis series. Considering that these last two series were flops since its revenue was just half of the first chapter, it is not surprising that there would not be a next one.
But some time last year, David Magee (Life of Pi) made an unofficial update on a film adaptation of the fourth and last book of the series, “The Silver Chair.” Together with producer Mark Gordon (Source Code), Magee has started to work on the film’s drafts.
Although avid fans may react intensely about “The Silver Chair” being the fourth film instead of “The Magician’s Nephew” as rumored earlier, it is something they can look forward to since the film is having a fresh new start. This means having all new characters and storyline without connection to the previous films… a total reboot, as they say.
“The Silver Chair” is the fourth published novel set decades after “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in the world of Narnia but not more than a year later in England. In this book, King Caspian’s only son Prince Rilian goes missing. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole, students at a boarding school, were then sent by Aslan from England to Narnia to find out what the mystery is. A Marsh-wiggle amphibious Narnian named Puddleglum was also set to accompany the two. As opposed to the previous sequels, this film will not evoke blasphemous themes bringing good news especially to avid fans.
“The Silver Chair” is expected to be released in 2017.