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Captain America helmer Joe Johnston to direct TriStar's Narnia revival

04.26.2017

The LORD OF THE RINGS and HARRY POTTER franchises kick-started a revival of fantasy movies in the early 2000's, not all of which were successful. One of the exceptions was Andrew Adamson's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, which was meant to be the first of an epic NARNIA franchise. Two further sequels followed, PRINCE CASPIAN and THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, but enthusiasm for the series waned significantly and development on a fourth film was halted.

Last year it was announced that TriStar Pictures would partner with Mark Gordon Company, Entertainment One and the C.S. Lewis Company to adapt C.S. Lewis' "The Silver Chair". We haven't heard all that much about the potential project since then, but Variety is now reporting that Joe Johnston (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) is set to direct the film. Titled NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR, the film will serve as a revival of the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA franchise with David Magee (LIFE OF PI) penning the script.

In a statement, Mark Gordon had this to say:

Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces. Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.

"The Silver Chair" takes place several decades after "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and finds King Caspian as an old man whose son and only heir, Prince Rilian, has gone missing. Aslan brings two children from England, Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole, and tasks them with solving the mystery. Although NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR will contain several characters who previously appeared in the series, Mark Gordon has said that it will be the start of a "brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from." Works for me, but I certainly wouldn't object if Liam Neeson was brought back to voice Aslan.

Are you folks down for more NARNIA and if so, how do you feel about Joe Johnston taking the helm?

Source: Variety

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12:34AM on 04/29/2017

Big fan of Narnia!

Let's see how this turns out.
Let's see how this turns out.
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11:09AM on 04/27/2017
Sounds more like a continuation at this point than a reboot, ages pass rather commonly in Narnia between books. It makes sense to move into new characters in this series.
Sounds more like a continuation at this point than a reboot, ages pass rather commonly in Narnia between books. It makes sense to move into new characters in this series.
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10:57AM on 04/27/2017
The problem with these films apose to the Potter films was the quality of the actors. Whereas Radcliffe, Watson and Grint improved for me the actors who played Edward, Peter and Lucy were very wooden, Barnes was also a very poor actor and there was only really the younger one who I felt ever improved. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the first film the follow up films were pretty terrible in my opinion and I'd rather go with a full on reboot
The problem with these films apose to the Potter films was the quality of the actors. Whereas Radcliffe, Watson and Grint improved for me the actors who played Edward, Peter and Lucy were very wooden, Barnes was also a very poor actor and there was only really the younger one who I felt ever improved. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed the first film the follow up films were pretty terrible in my opinion and I'd rather go with a full on reboot
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10:19PM on 04/26/2017

Finally

Good news. Great potential. Release the extended edition of the first one on Blu-ray!
Good news. Great potential. Release the extended edition of the first one on Blu-ray!
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8:26PM on 04/26/2017
Ditching Narnia was one of Disney's dumbest moves of the past decade. The first film was released the same month as Harry Potter 4 and it ended up making more money, which gives an idea of the financial potential this film had. Then -- instead of keeping it in the famiy-friends holiday season -- they released the sequel in the middle of a packed summer, the week between Indiana Jones 4 and Iron Man. Yeah, no wonder it underperformed. If they had tuck it out and released a third film during the
Ditching Narnia was one of Disney's dumbest moves of the past decade. The first film was released the same month as Harry Potter 4 and it ended up making more money, which gives an idea of the financial potential this film had. Then -- instead of keeping it in the famiy-friends holiday season -- they released the sequel in the middle of a packed summer, the week between Indiana Jones 4 and Iron Man. Yeah, no wonder it underperformed. If they had tuck it out and released a third film during the holidays it would've been a hit, instead they dropped it and Fox picked it up. There was a sizable gap leading up to the third film, it got crap reviews, and Fox lacks the sterling family appeal that Disney has, which combined for the third film underperforming domestically but still grossing nearly half a billion globally. With such a break between sequels, we'll see if the series can bounce back, but I'm hopeful that as long as they produce a solid film it will.
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7:54PM on 04/26/2017
I'd glad they're making more Narnia films. Also, Johnston is a good choice for the director's chair, I think.

Does it need to be a full on reboot though? I liked all the previous films, and yes, the child actors have all grown up since they were shot (you just need to look at Will Poulter who played Eustace)... but surely they could keep the 'adult' cast where possible. As the article says... get Liam Neeson back as Aslan. I'm not sure which other characters return in Silver Chair, but I
I'd glad they're making more Narnia films. Also, Johnston is a good choice for the director's chair, I think.

Does it need to be a full on reboot though? I liked all the previous films, and yes, the child actors have all grown up since they were shot (you just need to look at Will Poulter who played Eustace)... but surely they could keep the 'adult' cast where possible. As the article says... get Liam Neeson back as Aslan. I'm not sure which other characters return in Silver Chair, but I know some old characters definitely return in the last films...

I want to see the books that haven't been made yet... I don't want them (in this new 'reboot') to end up backtracking and do The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' again.
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7:52PM on 04/26/2017
I'd love to see the final films in the series, so this is great news to me. And Johnston is a great director. Although the first 3 films weren't as good as Harry Potter or LOTR, they were much better than several other fantasy films getting released around the same time (Eregon, Golden Compass, The Seeker, Percy Jackson, etc.). However, I'd prefer if they could somehow keep it somewhat connected to the previous films.
I'd love to see the final films in the series, so this is great news to me. And Johnston is a great director. Although the first 3 films weren't as good as Harry Potter or LOTR, they were much better than several other fantasy films getting released around the same time (Eregon, Golden Compass, The Seeker, Percy Jackson, etc.). However, I'd prefer if they could somehow keep it somewhat connected to the previous films.
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7:55PM on 04/26/2017
I entirely agree.
I entirely agree.
11:12AM on 04/27/2017
I'm sure it are connected, but the story simply demands that we focus on new characters going forward.
I'm sure it are connected, but the story simply demands that we focus on new characters going forward.
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