The Next Narnia Film: Where We Are Now

Posted September 27, 2011 9:18 am by Tirian

For quite some time now, Narnia fans have been waiting patiently for news on whether or not there will be another Narnia movie. But in the past few days, many rumors and bits of news have started circulating over the internet and our forums–both that more films are actively being scripted and that work on the Narnia films has ceased entirely. We were hoping for an official statement before posting any more news on the situation, but now we feel that things need to be cleared up immediately.

During the negotiations between Fox, Walden, and the C.S. Lewis Estate, the film option that Walden Media owned was allowed to expire and Walden Media no longer has exclusive purchasing rights to any further Narnia films. (What’s the difference between a film option and the film rights? Check out Wikipedia’s article here.) This has been confirmed to us by representatives of the C.S. Lewis Estate.

And while Walden and Fox have confirmed they are both interested in making more Narnia films, our understanding is that, by law, the C.S. Lewis Estate must wait a certain period of time (called a moratorium) before they can sell the film option for the Narnia books again. And when they do, it will be available to any film company out there interested in bidding on it, not just Walden and Fox.

So what does this mean? It means that the ball is entirely in the C.S. Lewis Estate’s court at this point, and they have to wait this mandatory period of time until they can sell the film option again. We here at NarniaWeb don’t know exactly how long this moratorium is, though it is likely several years. What we do know, however, is that Doug Gresham has mentioned many times that it’s his dream to make all seven Narnia books into movies so he probably won’t rest until he’s done that. This is not the end of the Narnia movies! We’re only going to have to wait a while before we see another one.

7 Comments For This Story

  • Skandar Keynes's Wife says:

    They have to make a new film!!! I love the Narnia flims so much, why can’t they just carry on making them with the new director? Plus they kind gave a hint that a new fims was going to be made at the end of the Voyage of the Dawn Treader when Eustace’s mum said ‘Jill Pole is here to see you’ ummm well big clue that they should do the silver chair! If they do do another film I have to audition, it would be the coolest thing to be in a Narnia movie, heheh 😀

  • natalee says:

    hi i wish you can come over on my biethday

  • Tasya says:

    I want Narnia more,,,,,
    because i Love narnia…
    for NARNIA……….

  • CitizenOfAslansLand says:

    When I first read this, I was quite disappointed. However, I thought back to when I saw The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and how the story was completely changed. For that matter, LWW had some notable deviations as well. I was very disappointed with the Dawn Treader after watching it, and if that is how the rest of the movies would be done, I’d rather they were not done at all. Maybe the next company to buy the rights will stick to the story a little better, and stop trying to improve on Lewis’ genius. I don’t want to have to wait for the other movies, but I’d rather wait and have them done right.

  • Hikmah says:

    i’m waiting for other Narnia movies 🙁

  • Grockle says:

    I’m not quite sure what i think. i know that there is a good chance that movies could end up being aweful, but i still sort of want them to be made.. i think they insipire all of us, getting to see some of the magic "come to life" in a small way, you know?

    • Aslan's Country! says:

      They have to be made! Its all about appreciating what we have. In VDT there were many things that were added and changed from the book but to see they ship sailing with the Narnia theme behind it gave me chills. Eustace and other characters introduced like Drinian. Awesome!

  • ILoveGeorgie says:

    Hey everyone!
    This is the right page btw!
    hows everyones life going?

    • narniafan16 says:

      OMG Heyyy!!! I’ve been super busy lately. I started 7th grade, so there’s loads of homework. I plan on uploading videos veryyy soon!

      • ILoveGeorgie says:

        Heeeey! Omg I just finished gr7! 🙂 Ill upload more too! (: Btw I haven’t gotton an agent yet been WAY too busy! xx

      • narniafan16 says:

        yeah OMG my best friend moved to Brazil and she said that she has to start 7th grade all over again cause they have a different school year! For us in the U.S. school starts in september so my school year started about three or four months ago

    • Lucia says:

      Hey,I’m here!
      They r not making narnia films right now 🙁
      Saaaad :'(
      But I am fine<3

      • ILoveGeorgie says:

        I’ll Live but I’m not happy.. and I’m sure lots of other people aren’t either.. But anywayz how are you Lucia??
        Oh! btw Im going to asia in a couple of days so i wont be on untill next year! :/ how sad iss that! Probs Early Jan! Omg! I’m gunna miss you guys Soooo much!
        Seee youu next year!

        xx! Ilovegeorgie! <3

      • Lucia says:

        Oh,i am fine 🙂
        Coming to asia! I hope you’ll enjoy it<3
        Love you xxx

      • narniafan16 says:

        Hey Lucia! How r u doing? We’ve missed u SO MUCH
        really…they’re not making ANY MORE narnia films? I am gonna cry :'( I luv Narnia
        im getting a pack of narnia posters for christmas…well i put it on my christmas list so i really dont know yet for sure but my dad is also a narnia fan so hopefully he’ll get that 4 me! 🙂

  • narniafan16 says:

    Hey guyz. It’s me! If you remember me. I really really really wanna audition 4 a narnia movie so if anyone could give me advice on what do do…ur welcome 2! I’ll try to come on here at least once a week. I really hope there will be a new narnia movie coming out…and if so…I hope it’s the silver chair. I’d LUV 2 get a role in that movie. This would all be a dream come true. So yea…I’m back!

  • ILoveGeorgie says:

    All I can say isss that if they don’t decide to make more narnia films……I WILL DIE! And personally i can not for the life of me see why they diddn’t make good profits! I for one foud NOTHING wrong with them I loved each and everyone one of them INSIDEOUT! And aren’t the fans and others the people that will most impact it. Walden and fox and stuff should give the world one of those professional votes! B’cos we want more narnia!!…….Well I do..!

  • GemmaLaurie says:

    Hello lovlies 😛

    It’s me, Gemma. I used gemmajones on the other page :)Some of you guys may remember me from Narniafans page and now I’m here! Anyway…

    I knew that it was never gonna be a positive outcome in this whole next film buisness but I’m still so annoyed! I really wanted to audition for Jill Pole or Polly but seeing as it’ll be more than 2 years away I’ll be over 18!! GAH! Well I suppose Will Poulter IS older than 18already so it wont make that much of a difference…. gah who am I kidding. Anyway, if you want to check out my "audition videos" (that I was gonna pick the best one after I put up more and send it in the the casting directors….) then come on down and check out my channel!!! http://www.youtube.com/user/MaxRideJ?feature=mheeWoo…. aahh I’m so sad now -___- xx

    • Lucia says:

      Oh u maxrideJ!
      I love your videos 🙂
      I hope they’ll make next film soon…xxx

      • ILovegeorgie says:

        Gemma! Your here! yay! 🙂 I’m Sad too! It was so much better last year how there was the Jill Pole page and all we had was positive hopes! and it’s REALLY hard to believe that was a Year ago! I Will totally freak out if they don’t make more narnia movies!! Hump.. We should ask them to do another Jill Pole page regaurding the odds now of usss auditioning now if it will take longer, 🙂

      • narniafan16 says:

        Yeaaaa they should realize the tons of Narnia jill pole fans are suppuorting narnia!!!!

    • Narniarox says:

      Hey guys it’s me! It’s so great to see us all chatting together again. So I know I haven’t made an audition video lately but I did make a silver chair video :).

    • narniafan16 says:

      heyhey i luv ur videos Gemma! I’m purpleusagi1 if u know me from u tube

  • narniafan16 says:

    Hey guys i’m sorry i keep on telling u guys that i’ll make a video when i really don’t until now 🙁 but i’m really busy! Today, though, I had little hw so i got to make a part 1 narnia audition video for Jill! Hmm…next time i’ll maybe do polly, lucy or aravis. I’m really willing to do any role in the Narnia films now but esspecially Jill <3
    http://www.youtube.com/user/purpleusagi1

    • EllaWhoWantsToActInANarniaMovie... says:

      OWH!!!! I really would like to do Aravis…. But I’m from Holland…. And I don’t have an agent….But I REALLLY (!!!) hope you will get the Jill Pole role…. I don’t know why, I just hope so…. Sorry for the dots, I don’t know why I typed them…. (ARGH!!! AGAIN!!!!) Sorry.

      • narniafan16 says:

        hey Ella! It’s nice 2 meet u. Welcome to the-group-of-want-to-be-in-narnia-movies LOL. It’s ok…I know how u feel…its like u rlly have a big dream 2 get into the narnia movies. I also don’t have an agent so don’t worry! Actually, idk abt some people but i think ALL of us don’t have any agents! i heard that it’s really hard to get one. So have you had any acting experience yet? I haven’t really 🙁 lol. Thx for watching my video if u did. Was it good or bad? Thx anyway xxxxnarniafan16
        ps. maybe you should change ur name to a little shorter one like NarniaElla or something cuz then it’s kinda easier to remember lol

  • narniafan16 says:

    oh yea and by the way, i think i might be getting into singing aruditions tho! Me and my friends are making a singing band. And i’m gonna try to audition for the next school play if possible 😀 Or maybe i should just take acting class cause i dont even know enough abt acting! My friends mom makes commercials and she knows some agents…and she told me that she left a note at this guys office to see if he could reccomend agents or something like that. But he hasn’t ever replied 🙁 Wish you guys and me luck! 4 NARNIA!! I can’t wait to get posters!! 🙂

  • narniafan16 says:

    Yay finally a new page! And I’m the first to comment on it. LOL 😀

    • Narniarox says:

      So guys, has anyone heard anything new about the making of the next movie?? I keep hearing different stories! It’s gonna be SC, it’s gonna be MN. Will they make up their mind? a high school not too far away from me is putting on LLW and they just had auditions but I couldnt audition for it because I dont go there! grr. but I guess it’s fine becuase I dont know how, but they’re making it a musical… strange. but my school is doing Alls Well that Ends Well by Shakespeare and I’m going to be playing one of the gentlemen :).

      • narniafan16 says:

        And i also heard that they might re-boot it! But that would kinda suck to be honest. But then we could all have a chance of playing lucy, and that is the character that i REALLY would want 2 play but obviously i cant x) They still are making up their mind so we’ll probably have to wait until they finnaly make the descision. But theres so many problems that go along with each movie they could play…cuz when they made LWW they didnt plan ahead x(. First of all, Will Poulter! He’s like 19 years old!!
        And jill…was 9 or 10 in the book. Maybe they could re-cast eustace? Idkkkk.

  • Narniarox says:

    well they made him look young in VDT so they can probobly do it again. And i think all of the characters are older than C.S. wanted them to be. if they start casting and writing the script now, I think they might be able to finish SC by the time he’s 21. and then it depends if they decide to do MN after. lets not forget Eustace is also in LB. actually all of them are in LB! but then again it all depends on timing and whether they want to change it a lot.

    • Narniarox says:

      and I even think this is the re-boot! I have a bunch of Narnia movies that my mom bought me and they are NOT our actors. they combined PC and VDT. they also did SC. I wanted to watch them but I haven’t found the time. I think they might be the Narnia from the generation before. who knows?