The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company are partnering up to bring another “Chronicles of Narnia” film to the big screen. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” will be adapted as the fourth film in the franchise. Within the novel series, “The Silver Chair” is the fourth published of seven (it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnia history.)
“The Silver Chair” is set primarily in the Narnia world, decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there but less than a year later in England. King Caspian X is now an old man but his son and only heir Prince Rilian is missing. Aslan the lion sends two children from England to Narnia on a mission to resolve the mystery: Eustace Scrubb, from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Jill Pole. In the frame story Eustace and Jill are students at a horrible boarding school.
The company released a statement today saying,
“Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’s beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia.”
Douglas Gersham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis added,
“I have a great deal of respect for Mark Gordon’s work and am confident that together we can bring the beauty and magical delight that Narnia engenders in the hearts of those who read the books to the screen in The Silver Chair. I am very much looking forward to diving once more into Narnia, this time with Mark Gordon and his team.”
Gordon and Gresham will produce The Silver Chair along with Vincent Sieber, the LA based Director of The C.S. Lewis Company. The screenplay adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fourth Narnia novel is now in development.
There is currently no word yet if the previous film’s cast will return and reprise their roles. The Silver Chair’s returning characters include Aslan (voiced by Liam Neeson in the movies), Eustace Scrubb (played by Will Poulter in Dawn Treader), and a now elderly king Caspian (who was portrayed as a young prince in the last two Narnia films by Ben Barnes.