Deadline has finally gotten the goods on the Chronicles of Narnia film reboot, which will commence with The Silver Chair. The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company, who obtained the rights after Walden Media’s rights expired, will be working with Sony-based TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne). Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce and David Magee (Life Of Pi, Finding Neverland) has penned the script. David announced on Twitter in 2015 that he had completed the script but Harper Collins claimed it was a hoax.
The last Narnia film to be released was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which saw Lucy and Edmund, along with their annoying cousin Eustace Scrubb, go on a quest with Caspian X to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. Reepicheep and Eustace eventually stole the show, along with everyone’s hearts. In The Silver Chair Eustace returns to Narnia with his schoolmate Jill Pole, and the pair are given a quest by Aslan to rescue the now-elderly Caspian’s son. The two join forces with the Marsh-Wiggle Puddlegum to take on the Lady of the Green Kirtle.
Gordon said: “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new.”
TriStar head Hannah Minghella said: “Reading The Chronicles of Narnia was one of the formative experiences of my childhood, just as it has been for children around the world for generations. To have the opportunity to bring new life to the Narnia films with a new creative team is a career highlight. Our mission is to build TriStar Pictures as a home for filmmaker-driven literary and commercial movies, and this film represents a huge step forward for us. We’re thrilled to be working with Mark, Doug, Melvin, Vincent, and David as we adapt The Silver Chair.”
Gresham, Lewis’s stepson said :“It’s been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it’s a thrill to welcome Tristar to our Narnia family. I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair.”