After grossing a combined $1.6 billion for Walden Media, “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies will be rebooted with “The Silver Chair,” from new franchise steward the Mark Gordon Company.
That’s right, despite being based on the fourth novel in C.S. Lewis’ beloved fantasy series (or sixth, if you go by more recent editions), “The Silver Chair” is being positioned as a reboot, not a sequel.
“It’s all going to be a brand-new franchise,” producer Mark Gordon told Collider. “All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.” The website clarified that the characters won’t be newly created, but rather some from Lewis’ books that have yet to appear on the big screen.
“The Silver Chair” is set decades after the events of the events of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (although less than a year has passed in England), with King Caspian X now an old man in search of his missing heir Prince Rilian. Aslan sends to England for Eustace Scrubb, introduced in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and Jill Pole to help find him.
Walden Media, which produced adaptations of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), “Prince Caspian” (2008) and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), lost the film rights to the books in 2011. Two years later, the C.S. Lewis Company announced a new deal with the Mark Gordon Company.
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