David Magee to write Screenplay for The Silver Chair

Silver ChairThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair film update!

The Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Company have chosen David Magee to write THE SILVER CHAIR script–the next Narnia movie. David Magee is known in his screenplays for the films Life of Pi and Finding Neverland.

David Magee stated, “I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of ‘The Silver Chair‘ and could not be more excited about it.”

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Gresham Confident ‘Narnia 4′ (and other Lewis books) are coming

Douglas GreshamA brief update from William O’Flaherty, who was in attendance at Douglas Gresham and Dr. Devin Brown’s event:

Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s step-son) spoke at Asbury University today. When the question of the future of the Narnia films came up he was confident there would be more (and hopeful other fictional works by Lewis would be made); but was regretful that no official or unofficial details could be shared at this time.

While this isn’t the news that we were all hoping for, it’s at least something.  I’m definitely hopeful that the series will continue, even though it will likely continue with new actors in some of the roles.  Actor changes are actually fairly common in the film industry and things work out fairly well.  In Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Katie Holmes was replaced after Batman Begins.  The same thing happened when Stargate made the move to TV with Stargate SG-1.  Kurt Russell was replaced with Richard Dean Anderson, and James Spader was replaced with Michael Shanks.  All this to say, if the films continue with Narnia 4, we might get someone new, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be bad.  It could be amazing!

It’s also really cool that he hopes to bring other works of fiction by C.S. Lewis to the big screen.  What would you like to see most?

William continues:

I (William O’Flaherty) will be recording a podcast interview in the morning with him and will try to at least get a guess as to how soon he hopes to have any official news.

Narnia Movies to air on Hallmark Channel as part of Walden Family Theater

Walden Family TheaterWalden Media has teamed up with Hallmark Channel, Arc Entertainment, Walmart, and Proctor & Gamble to bring back the family TV movie night.  When I was a kid, it was part of a weekly tradition for our family.  These were the titles it went under: The Disney Sunday Movie (1986–1988), The Magical World of Disney (1988–1996), then finally back to The Wonderful World of Disney (1997–2008).

Walden Family Theater will air on Friday nights, on Hallmark Channel, beginning on March 15 with Return to Nim’s Island.  This is the sequel to 2008’s Nim’s Island, but now features Bindi Irwin in the title role.

There will be six new original movies aired each year, and released on DVD on the Tuesday after they air, at Walmart.

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The Future of the Narnia Film Series with Walden Media’s Micheal Flaherty

A new interview was just released by World Magazine, in which they have interviewed Walden Media’s president Micheal Flaherty.  He explains what we’ve known for a while, but it’s always good to have the explanation direct from someone that is involved.  The interesting part of it is the glimmer of hope that he has that they can continue making the movies.

Before you ask, “didn’t Walden Media lose the rights?”  Well, the answer is actually not “yes” or “no,” but rather “it’s complicated.”

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Narnia Essentials: Narnia 4 Never? – While Waiting for the Next Movie

In case you haven’t heard it’s going to be a while before there will be a new Narnia movie. Most of you reading this already know this fact, so why do I bother stating the obvious? Can I not help myself in being the bearer of (old) bad news? Actually, I feel somewhat obligated and I have the Internet to blame for it!

What do I mean? Thanks to the Internet you can search for anything…including old news stories. More specifically, since I began writing my new column here I notice a curious statistic. At least over the last couple of weeks several dozens of people each day have viewed an old story from this site proclaiming a certain book will be the fourth Narnia film. The title of that story makes it show high in the results of searches and more likely to be read. Since that time there have been further updates, like “More Information on the Future of Narnia on Film” and “Douglas Gresham Talks…” From this updated information we know the production of the movies are on hold and at last word it is likely four more years before any will begin. So, remember it can take a couple of years before a movie is released after filming starts…can anyone say “2018?” Could something change and a movie hit the big screen sooner? I certainly hope so!

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Commentary: Five Highs – and Lows – of the Narnia Films (Part 2)

As I recently outlined (in part 1), the three Narnia films (“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) offered fans and casual viewers much to enjoy.  The story, casting and technical elements were generally good, and I’d argue that overall the films got more right than they got wrong.  Having reviewed five highlights of the Narnia trilogy, its time to take a look at the lowlights.
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Commentary: Five Highs – and Lows – of the Narnia Films (Part 1)

Its a safe bet that we won’t see any Narnia films in the near future.  And that’s too bad, because the first three films from C.S. Lewis’ best-selling books were technically-competent and generally well-executed.  In formula- and sequel-heavy Hollywood, the films were something unique, something different.  “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” each had their moments – some good and some bad.  Today we take a gander at the Narnia films’ five best elements.  Check back in a day or two for the five worst moments.


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Douglas Gresham talks about Future of Narnia Films, Screwtape Letters and Space Trilogy

The Lion’s Call has a report about the future of C.S. Lewis’ work on film.  In particular, he spoke a bit about the future of Narnia on the big screen, with his hopes for the franchise, as well as other properties such as The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy.

It was at a talk he gave at Oxford.  He would love to continue making the Narnia films, but there is a seven year moratorium on the series if Walden Media is not involved.  We’re into the second year of that moratorium, and possibly the third.  Plus, if Walden Media releases the moratorium (something that I’m sure takes loads of legal paperwork), it could be sooner.  The purpose of a moratorium at all is to protect a studio from having the production make only one movie with them, and jump to another studio with the next film and so on.

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Tony Nixon (Rynelf) shares his experiences with Ben Barnes (Caspian) and other actors on set

Tony Nixon, the actor for Rynelf the The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, wrote a piece about what it was like working with Ben Barnes (Caspian) and other Narnia cast members. It’s a great read, and it gives insight into the processes and procedures of filming a movie.


Here is an excerpt from the piece:

I first met Ben at the script read through, as I mentioned before it was started as a fairly informal event with Coffee and croissants and various pastries. It was in an upstairs room at Warner studios …I had grabbed a Coffee and as it happens the first person I met at the top of the stairs was Ben …he was halfway through a Croissant, I stuck out my hand and said, ‘Hi, I’m Tony …I play Rynelf’ …he shook my hand and said, ‘I’m Ben …I play your king’.

When we shot our first scene together his comment to the A.D. (assistant director) (and me) was “This man has a better beard than me, I’m the King have him removed and shaved” …

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Did Walden Media Leave the Narnia Franchise? No.

Many have been e-mailing, asking if we had seen the stories that broke yesterday that claimed Walden Media had decided not to pick up their option for the Narnia franchise.  Those reports were posted prematurely.  I can report that negotiations on the next film are ongoing and that Walden Media, Twentieth Century Fox and the C.S. Lewis Estate are still very much discussing the next films in the Narnia franchise.  This is a story that we’ve known since April and were the first to learn about, but after discussing with a few producers and the webmasters of the other two fan sites, we decided not to report it because things were actually still as they had been… in negotiations… and Walden Media has responded the same way both times: they’re still hopeful to make more Narnia films.

There is nothing more to say that wouldn’t be conjecture at this point.  I have been in contact with a couple of the producers from the film series, however, and they mention that negotiations can be both very long and very frustrating at times, but that these things are completely normal in the film industry.

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