The Chronicles Of Narnia truly is the franchise that will not die. Not that we want it to. The cinematic series has produced three decent family fantasy films so far, and The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is a rare case of a film better than the book.
But while none have been box office flops, neither did the second or third film set the box office alight, and they certainly didn’t create much of an audience buzz or merchandising jamboree. It didn’t help that the franchise keeps moving studios; Disney made The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008) while 20th Century Fox took over for The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010), then in 2016 Sony revealed that it was set to make the fourth movie, The Silver Chair.
But with at least an eight year gap between the release of the third and fourth films, many wondered if The Silver Chair would remain in development hell.
But now Variety reports that Sony’s TriStar wing is hiring Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger, Jurassic Park III) to revive the cinematic Chronicles Of Narnia series with The Silver Chair. Adapting CS Lewis’s book for screen is David Magee (Life Of Pi, Finding Neverland), a very interesting choice indeed.
As for cast, we’d assume it’ll be all-new, though Liam Neeson could conceivably return as the voice of Aslan the CGI lion. Luckily, the only other major returning character is Eustace Scrubb, one of the “children of Earth” from Dawn Treader. He was played by Will Poulter in the previous film, who is clearly way too old for the part now.
And we bet someone at Sony has already asked, “Do you think we can get Depp for Puddleglum?” If not, then we’re still betting the morose marsh-wiggle will be the big star name in the movie.