If you were disappointed that The Chronicles of Narnia series was cut short (we know we were) you’ll be enthused to hear that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has been picked up for production. For those of you who haven’t read the books, this is the sixth book in the Narnia series (when read in order).
When The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe was released in 2005 it was an instant success worldwide. In fact the entire trilogy (including Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) grossed 1.6 billion in the box office. That’s no small feat.
However, the most recent Narnia movie, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, released in 2010, was much less successful than the first two, and it seemed that the Narnia series was coming to an end, before it was even halfway through the series. (There are seven books in total).
But not all of us were ready to see the series go, and so The Mark Gordon Company (with Entertainment One and Tristar) are getting ready to release The Silver Chair. David Magee is writing the script for the new movie, he’s the visionary who wrote the script for Life of Pi and Finding Neverland, so the book is in good hands.
This change in leadership likely means that the series will be different, including a (probable) entirely new cast. On the bright side most of the characters in this book are new, and so it won’t seem like our favourites are being replaced.
The plot of this The Silver Chair follows Eustace, to whom we were introduced in The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, and his friend Jill Pole. The pair traverse Narnia as they try to find the missing Prince Rilian; who just happens to be the son of King Caspian (who was played by Ben Barnes in the past movies). Eustace, who was played by Will Poutler, is the only constant character in the book that we know from the past movies, so we’re not too worried about the recasting. (Although we’ll miss those eyebrows!) Plus, once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.
Unfortunately we don’t have an anticipated release date yet, since the film is just in the works. But that gives us time to reread the series, and have a Narnia movie marathon. We’re just glad that we’ll get to return to the magical world we love so much.