'The Magician's Nephew' Will Be the Next 'Chronicles of Narnia' Film
For those thinking that The Silver Chair would be the next book in the Chronicles of Narnia series to be adapted to the big screen, you are apparently wrong. In speaking to The Christian Post (via ComingSoon), Walden Media co-founder and president Michael Flaherty said, "We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about The Magician's Nephew being our next film. If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years." So it doesn't sound like it's definitely going to happen, but there's at least a plan in works for a fourth film.
The Magician's Nephew is actually the sixth book from the seven book Chronicles of Narnia series and is actually a prequel to the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Flaherty says, "I love the Magician's Nephew because it's a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from." Here's a brief rundown of the book's story:
In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series.
As someone who wasn't a fan of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I can't say that I'm looking forward to another installment of the franchise. But while the third film did slightly less box office business than Prince Caspian, it still made just over $400 million worldwide, so another installment just makes sense. Plus, since this prequel doesn't need any of the first three films child actors (who have grown significantly) to return, it's much easier for the studio to not be hasty in their development. Anyone excited?