'The Magician's Nephew' Will Be the Next 'Chronicles of Narnia' Film

March 23, 2011
Source: The Christian Post

Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew

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?

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  • Emma
    The only reason I have to be excited for this is to see Tilda Swinton in all her glory as Jadis again. (She was a major factor of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe being so fantastic.)
  • Voice of Reason
    absolutely no interest in this whatsoever
    • FearThePaw
      then don't comment
  • Jez
    I wonder if Jim Broadbent will return as Professor Digory. Liam Neeson returning as Aslan is practically a given
  • Anonymous
    I would like to see all the books adapted into movies. It's a fantastic franchise that needs to continue. Looking forward to any Narnia film that is coming out (sooner or later).
  • Robbie
    I love origin stories!
  • Guy
    This is the best of the books, it's creepy, and dark. At the same time it has such a cool origin story to it. You all should go read it!
  • John404
    I will watch this ONLY for ''The White Witch'' She is easily the most bad-ass character in Narnia
  • Hi
    This is my favorite book out of all of them. I also think it will be the most interesting to see as a movie, so I'm excited that at least it's going to happen!
  • Danimal
    I know it's a kids movie, and they're trying to avoid making it PG-13, but it really seemed like it limited them as to how far they could go with the effects and the "darkness" of some of the characters. I love the stories, and if done right these could easily be the next "Lord of the Rings" movies. Put it in the hands of a studio/director that could pull all the potential out of this script and I'll be in for sure.
  • Gtdisciple
    Since the character playing Eustace is getting older, I wonder why they wouldn't have done the Silver Chair next....??? The rest of the books don't call for the young Pevensie children or Eustace, so they can be made with no fear of anyone "getting too old" to play their parts. ... But I'm still excited for the Magician's Nephew... For sure, one of my favorites.
  • edmar ulep
    excited so much for the next film of narnia...
  • Arjunshrm10
    i wanna see 4 childrens




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