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Life of Pi writer David Magee to script Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

Dec. 5, 2013by: Alex Maidy

After three films, most recent being 2010's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy series is preparing a fourth chapter. It was previously announced that The Mark Gordon Company would be taking over the series from Walden Media, who previously released the first films through Disney and 20th Century Fox. There is no distributor at this time but a screenwriter has been selected to take over the new film.

David Magee, writer of last year's LIFE OF PI as well as the Johnny Depp film FINDING NEVERLAND, will script THE SILVER CHAIR. Magee was nominated for an Oscar for both of those films. THE SILVER CHAIR is the first NARNIA book not to feature the Pevensie children who were the main characters in the first three films. Chronologically, THE SILVER CHAIR is the sixth book in the Narnia series.

The novel is set primarily in the Narnia world, decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there but less than a year later in England. King Caspian X is now an old man but his son and only heir Prince Rilian is missing. Aslan the lion sends two children from England to Narnia on a mission to resolve the mystery: Eustace Scrubb, from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Jill Pole. In the frame story Eustace and Jill are students at a horrible boarding school.

Eustace was played by Will Poulter in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER. Poulter was recently seen in WE'RE THE MILLERS as Kenny, the guy who gets a spider-bite on his junk. At age 20, the role would need to be recast. It remains to be seen if Liam Neeson, Ben Barnes, or Tilda Swinton will be returning in any capacity.

The first three CHRONICLES OF NARNIA films were decent fantasy movies appropriate for kids and families, but they never reached the grand scale worthy of the novels themselves. Magee is a good writer so hopefully he crafts something that brings the series back to where it should be. The first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson with THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER helmed by Michael Apted. Hopefully the producers find a director willing to take on the challenge of kickstarting a franchise after a four year layoff. After all, the series does rank as the 25th highest grossing series of all time.

Source: Deadline

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11:25PM on 12/05/2013
The Chronicles of Narnia series is such an important one in the history of children's literature and I have enjoyed all three films to varying degrees. It's great that more films will get made. Will Poulter was very good as Eustace in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He got his start on a reality TV competition show called "School of Comedy" and the clips are hilarious.
The Chronicles of Narnia series is such an important one in the history of children's literature and I have enjoyed all three films to varying degrees. It's great that more films will get made. Will Poulter was very good as Eustace in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He got his start on a reality TV competition show called "School of Comedy" and the clips are hilarious.
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4:04PM on 12/07/2013
Will Poulter actually got his start in Son of Rambow!! If you haven't see it, then I recommend it to you!
Will Poulter actually got his start in Son of Rambow!! If you haven't see it, then I recommend it to you!
11:20PM on 12/05/2013
give up already
give up already
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9:02PM on 12/05/2013

Stratburst & violentbuddha

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe grossed $290 Mill domestically (Outgrossing Harry Potter 4 which opened that same Christmas season) and $745 worldwide, The Golden Compass on the other hand only grossed $70 Mill domestically (less than a quarter of LWW) and $370 Mill worldwide (about half of LWW). Of course, Prince Caspian & Voyage of the Dawn Treader made considerably less ($140 Mill and $100 Mill domestically and $420 and $415 worlwide). It should also be noted that Dawn Treader grossed
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe grossed $290 Mill domestically (Outgrossing Harry Potter 4 which opened that same Christmas season) and $745 worldwide, The Golden Compass on the other hand only grossed $70 Mill domestically (less than a quarter of LWW) and $370 Mill worldwide (about half of LWW). Of course, Prince Caspian & Voyage of the Dawn Treader made considerably less ($140 Mill and $100 Mill domestically and $420 and $415 worlwide). It should also be noted that Dawn Treader grossed $415 Mill on a $150 Mill budget, so while not the massive success the first film was it still made a tidy proffit. Compare that to Golden Compass' $370 Mill gross on a $180 Mill budget and this means that GC still should have made a proffit, just a slightly smaller one. However, where New Line screwed themselves over was that they sold the entire international rights to Golden Compass for $180 Mill and then used that as the money for the budget, so they really didn't see a profit from the international gross the way the should have and it disappointed domestically, so sadly there was no sequel and New Line ended up getting merged into WB. Whereas Fox definitely saw a profit from Dawn Treader ($150 Mill budget + $100 Mill advertising vs. $415 Mill gross + "extremely successful" on DVD), it just wasn't as large of a proffit as they were hoping for, which is why it's taken so long to do a sequel and the rights have switched hands.
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9:19PM on 12/05/2013
Well researched. Game, set, and match!!
Well researched. Game, set, and match!!
5:25PM on 12/05/2013

not saying...i'm just saying...

i have nothing against these films or their message. i just think its interesting that globally, these movies usually double their production budgets, driving more sequels...but the Golden Compass (which everyone knows were written to be the antithesis of Narnia) did just as well worldwide but cant get a follow up. Some say Hollywood is full of "cynical atheists" but I think thats only half right.
i have nothing against these films or their message. i just think its interesting that globally, these movies usually double their production budgets, driving more sequels...but the Golden Compass (which everyone knows were written to be the antithesis of Narnia) did just as well worldwide but cant get a follow up. Some say Hollywood is full of "cynical atheists" but I think thats only half right.
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7:20PM on 12/05/2013
But that was New Line. Golden Compass under performed with Golden Compass fresh off their success with the C.S. Lewis' best bro's series The Lord of the Rings and forced New Line to reconstruct. It was also very forgetable. The one thing I remember is Jeff in American Dad asking Santa for a polar bear helmet from Golden Compass :-P
But that was New Line. Golden Compass under performed with Golden Compass fresh off their success with the C.S. Lewis' best bro's series The Lord of the Rings and forced New Line to reconstruct. It was also very forgetable. The one thing I remember is Jeff in American Dad asking Santa for a polar bear helmet from Golden Compass :-P
7:21PM on 12/05/2013
New Line underperformed*
New Line underperformed*
8:46PM on 12/05/2013
new line underperformed but TGC didnt. it didnt catch on here but was a big deal overseas. its just funny how these things play out sometimes.
new line underperformed but TGC didnt. it didnt catch on here but was a big deal overseas. its just funny how these things play out sometimes.
9:06PM on 12/05/2013
I explained this in more detail in my post but GC grosses *far* less than the first Narnia film and had a slightly larger budget and slightly smaller gross than the most recent Narnia However, because of poor financial choices New Line ended up selling the international rights to GC and didn't reap the benefits of it's success outside of the U.S. I am a fan of both book series and wished that we could've gotten both series in their entirety on the screen, but financially they're two very
I explained this in more detail in my post but GC grosses *far* less than the first Narnia film and had a slightly larger budget and slightly smaller gross than the most recent Narnia However, because of poor financial choices New Line ended up selling the international rights to GC and didn't reap the benefits of it's success outside of the U.S. I am a fan of both book series and wished that we could've gotten both series in their entirety on the screen, but financially they're two very different situations.
9:27AM on 12/06/2013
thanks for clearing that up Luke. i like both series as well, though the more adult, darker theme of His Dark Material had a stronger appeal. I have always wanted both adapted to film but it seems i am SOL with HDM and am becoming less and less impressed with Narnia.
thanks for clearing that up Luke. i like both series as well, though the more adult, darker theme of His Dark Material had a stronger appeal. I have always wanted both adapted to film but it seems i am SOL with HDM and am becoming less and less impressed with Narnia.
3:59PM on 12/05/2013
Fully agree with Fan of Film. Just because Hollywood is full of cynical atheists doesn't mean movies for Christians have to be mainstreamed and ripped of their meaning. Art should be allowed to express itself in all forms and I feel the last two movies repressed that because the Christian demographic is painted in a bad light nowadays with many assuming if you're religious, you're against equality and liberals and gay marriage etc.

The Narnia series should be done right or left alone. It's
Fully agree with Fan of Film. Just because Hollywood is full of cynical atheists doesn't mean movies for Christians have to be mainstreamed and ripped of their meaning. Art should be allowed to express itself in all forms and I feel the last two movies repressed that because the Christian demographic is painted in a bad light nowadays with many assuming if you're religious, you're against equality and liberals and gay marriage etc.

The Narnia series should be done right or left alone. It's going to disappoint the studios if their only motive is a cash grab, however if they make it faithful to the source, they'll draw in a huge untapped audience that have been waiting for true family friendly, non animated movie, of epic proportions. Something Darren Aronofsky's Noah will surely not deliver.
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4:00PM on 12/05/2013
You've got to be kidding me, "cynical atheists" running Hollywood. I guess you also believe there's a war on Christmas too, right? And you just want all Biblical adaptations to be family friendly I assume?
You've got to be kidding me, "cynical atheists" running Hollywood. I guess you also believe there's a war on Christmas too, right? And you just want all Biblical adaptations to be family friendly I assume?
4:27PM on 12/05/2013
That's my fear with Noah movie from everything I heard here.
That's my fear with Noah movie from everything I heard here.
4:46PM on 12/05/2013
Yeah I miss the way the first movie was. It was so jolly when Santa arrived in times of need and equipped the kids with weapons so they could fight in a brutal war as child soldiers. Because isn't that what Christmas is all about?? Damn those atheist!
Yeah I miss the way the first movie was. It was so jolly when Santa arrived in times of need and equipped the kids with weapons so they could fight in a brutal war as child soldiers. Because isn't that what Christmas is all about?? Damn those atheist!
9:21PM on 12/05/2013
I'd reply further to the Santa weapons thing, but at this point you missed to much of the symbolism for it to make a difference.
I'd reply further to the Santa weapons thing, but at this point you missed to much of the symbolism for it to make a difference.
3:48PM on 12/05/2013

There will be money if....

At the risk of pissing some people, off the reason the last two movies in this series didn't do as well as the first is they took it too far from its Christian roots. CS Lewis made these books to teach his grand daughter about Christ through analogy. Subsequent books weren't so Christ/Aslan centered but retained a lot of the originals themes. Here's hoping they stay true to the authors vision and I get a video I can show my kids that is not soaked in blood, sex, or excessive language.
At the risk of pissing some people, off the reason the last two movies in this series didn't do as well as the first is they took it too far from its Christian roots. CS Lewis made these books to teach his grand daughter about Christ through analogy. Subsequent books weren't so Christ/Aslan centered but retained a lot of the originals themes. Here's hoping they stay true to the authors vision and I get a video I can show my kids that is not soaked in blood, sex, or excessive language.
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3:58PM on 12/05/2013
I honestly don't think that's the reason these movies haven't been doing well. If there's any indication of why these films haven't been doing well neither critically or financially, then look none other than to the lack of interest. Fans of the books and those required to read one or two in school only gravitate towards The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe--and occasionally The Magician's Nephew. Otherwise, it's a very boring series which is demonstrated in the lackluster Prince Caspian
I honestly don't think that's the reason these movies haven't been doing well. If there's any indication of why these films haven't been doing well neither critically or financially, then look none other than to the lack of interest. Fans of the books and those required to read one or two in school only gravitate towards The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe--and occasionally The Magician's Nephew. Otherwise, it's a very boring series which is demonstrated in the lackluster Prince Caspian adaptation and the easily forgotten Dawn Treader. And if you want to show your kids Christian stories not soaked in blood, sex, and "offensive" language, then I recommend picking a different religion with a more kid friendly history.
3:36PM on 12/05/2013

I didn't know the last movie made enough $$$ to justify a 4th film

As someone who loved the books as a child, I'd like to see these done right. I wasn't a huge fan of PRINCE CASPIAN or DAWN TREADER, but I'm willing to give THE SILVER CHAIR a shot. Hope they don't cheap out with the story or the FX.
As someone who loved the books as a child, I'd like to see these done right. I wasn't a huge fan of PRINCE CASPIAN or DAWN TREADER, but I'm willing to give THE SILVER CHAIR a shot. Hope they don't cheap out with the story or the FX.
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3:09PM on 12/05/2013
I have no strong feelings one way or the other.
I have no strong feelings one way or the other.
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