Mark Gordon Company and eOne Create Independent Studio

Posted January 8, 2015 5:36 pm by Glumpuddle

imageThe Mark Gordon Company and Entertainment One (eOne) have announced a partnership that is sure to have an impact on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair movie. Mark Gordon will serve as CEO of the venture, which will finance his projects and others. Read more.

Gordon: “We had a great run at ABC, they have been great partners. Part of the difference is that we are becoming a studio as opposed to being just producers. In order to realize the true value of our content, retention of rights ownership and control of international distribution are musts. In eOne, we have found partners that share our vision of supporting the creators and are immersed in the international marketplace with great ambitions to expand in the U.S. Together, we are building an alternative to the traditional studio way.”

What does this mean? Well, we still do not have a director or a release date, but if The Mark Gordon Company does end up producing The Silver Chair, we now know where at least some of financing and distribution would likely come from.

The Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Estate announced they were developing The Silver Chair back in October 2013. Perhaps the stage is now being set.

Thanks to Mack for the alert.

 

59 Comments For This Story

  • Jill says:

    Yehey! We Narnians are all excited!

  • Jill says:

    #NarniansWorldwide
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  • Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    Movie news announced today for both Narnia 4 and Wicked. Today is a good day!

  • Aaron says:

    When comes it out?

    • Narniafan says:

      Well the earliest it can be released I believe is December 2017, which if they start pre-production this year that would be a realistic time to shoot for.

  • Narniafan says:

    Can somebody explain how this affects The Silver Chair? Is eOne distibuting the film, helping make he film with MGC, or what? I’m just slightly confused and would appreciate some explaining!

    • Aslan's #1 says:

      Well as far as my layman mind can see, it will help with the financing and they can release SC without the help of superpower businesses like Disney or WB or Fox. They have the power to release what they want when they want. So if Douglas Gresham thinks something needs to stay closer to the book in SC they will have the freedom to do so instead of having huge investors breathing down their backs. It will help with theater wide distribution with SC in the future as well. And hopeful a good budget for SC!

  • Rabadash II (The Even More Ridiculous) says:

    News! Something of news! Yes!

  • Varnafinde says:

    "the venture’s founding principle is listed as “maximizing artists’ creative freedom, while giving them a meaningful stake in their product.”"

    Sounds promising!

  • DamselJillPole says:

    Whahoo! Further up further in, let’s go!

  • ken says:

    i can’t wait for it & the others to be made. i liked the ones that have been made so far. it will be great to see it. wish it was sooner. God bless this movie & all who is making it.

  • Aslan's #1 says:

    YESSSSS! And onward to the Silver Chair movie!!!

  • Mack says:

    News! Douglas Gresham said he wanted to make the Silver Chair independently… And then later they announced they were partnering w/ the Mark Gordon company to produce it. The mark Gordon company was only Mr. Gordon’s means of producing his films headed by larger studios. This will make the company, by partnering with eOne, an actual studio that can finance films of their choosing. According to the article, that means independent films… Like Gresham said he wanted SC to be… Very interesting.

  • Corchhîl says:

    Unfortunately, actors are growing up so fast. This is why, I thing that it’s important to realise The Last Battle and after the third book … (I don’t know the title in english, sorry). In the third book Susan, Peter, Edmund and Lucy are king et queen and the story take place 14 years after the first movie.

    PS : I hope you could understand my bad english.

  • Tina says:

    unfortunately I don’t think, that the old Pevensies will be the actors, becaus Will Poulter and the others are now too old

    • Zee says:

      It just depends on their appearance and / or how they could be presented too look on the set, not the actual age of the actors on paper. They don’t have to play characters of those ages and aren’t exactly over the hill to the point they could not be made to look younger. Example: Elijah Wood reprised a role for a character of the same age in his early 30s that he played in his late teens…looked just fine. As long as they haven’t gotten way out of shape or something to where they look totally different, they should be just fine staying in their roles. Even being older they’d be a better fit than recasting the roles if these movies are supposed to link to the prior films and not be a reboot.

  • Corchhîl says:

    I understand, but it will be a huge mistake because for everyone pevensies kids and eustache are playing buy william Moseley, Anna Popplewell … Generally, the actor changes when the character is not very present on the screen, or when the actor die (for exemple dumbledore). The magic of makeup can help to retire 2 years (like for daniel Radcliff 23 years old and Harry 17 years old).

    • Aslan's #1 says:

      Yeah, I agree. Hollywood is generally been going for the "older" look for the main characters of Narnia so it wouldn’t be that much of deal to make them look younger.

  • Reepicheep775 says:

    Interesting news.

  • jillpole1 says:

    So excited! I’m a bit nervous for the film because The Silver Chair is my favorite Narnia book, and I’m expecting it to be exactly like the book…. I’m trying to lower my expectations. 😛
    But yeah, exciting news! 😀

  • Impending Doom says:

    Nice to hear some sort of update about Silver Chair, even if it’s indirect. Who they choose as a director will be the most telling in what direction this film is heading in.

  • Brandon says:

    Well hopefully we get news about the actual movie soon! I have a feeling if this is done right, it could revive the franchise. And I think Silver Chair is a good choice. I cant wait! I really want to see the Horse & His Boy though. My favorite of the chronicles!!

  • Corchhîl says:

    Andrew Adamson, must be elected to realize Narnia 4. I like the epic, mature and New-Zeland touch. As we can find in The lord of the rings and The Hobbit of Peter Jackson. ^^

    • Aslan's #1 says:

      Well, Andrew actually had a vision for Narnia unlike Michael Apted. Andrew grew up loving the story.

      • Corchhîl says:

        Micheal apted for me is not totaly able (in french we say «apte» for «able», little play on words sorry) when I compare him with Andrew Adamson. Because before Apted realized underground movies whereas Adamson realized international and successful movies. Moreover, in the first and second narnia movies, there are epic moments (not less than 3 per movie) while in the third if find only one epic moment. So there is a big difference, though Narnia 3 is not a bad movie 😉

      • Anhun says:

        We have an English word "apt" that means the same thing. I agree by the way. He’s good at somethings, but Apted has no aptitude for fantasy. I hope Mark Gordon Company finds someone who has a background in fantasy, or better yet, sci-fi.

  • Elise says:

    Hey guys!
    Maybe a wild question, but will there be auditions/search for extra’s?
    Would be amazing to know!

    • coracle says:

      When they start filming, there will be actors and extras needed, but this will depend on where it is filmed. Don’t hold your breath waiting.

  • Ben says:

    that’s cool to hear. I will make sure everyone in Australia knows if this next production comes along

  • Leslie says:

    My sons and I are reading through the series now. Would love a new movie to come out! I am on this blog bc my boys were asking when Silver Chair was coming.

  • Winding Arrow says:

    I hope everyone comes back. I am so exited to watch it.

  • Corchhîl says:

    I just hope to see a cameo of Penvensies. Because they are, actually, the soul of Narnia. And because neophytes have to see their to link all of this movies.

    PS : I hope you can understand me, I’m learning english;)

  • coracle says:

    Every step forward is progress. 🙂

  • Davs says:

    Why take so long ? I am eager to come out in theaters

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  • fireflowerfan says:

    This wouldn’t be the first Narnia venture for eOne either. They manufactured and distributed "The Narnia Code" dvd back in 1996. This alliance is most interesting…

  • gaston ramon crigna says:

    hola soy de bs as argentina y yo quisiera saber cuando se va a estrenar las cronicas de narnia 4 en la argnetina., me encantaria que el audio de la pelicula venga en castellano ya que yo como otros no sabemos ingles muchas gracias y hasta pronto

    • Corchhîl says:

      gaston ramon crigna, voy a decir a usted que hablo menos bien español que ingles. ^^ Soy Frances. El proyecto de narnia 4 es de nuestros días administrativo. No creo que el casting se hace ahora. Hay que esperar el fin de las preparaciónnes administrativos (senario, actores, lugar, dinero …). Además espera usted 6 meses para el turno (shooting/tournage). Además Y por fin, hay un año para los efectos especiales. Para hacer mis predicciónnes : si la película es filmado en hemisferio sur la pelicula se va a estrenar en diciembre 2016/2017 sino es para mayo/ junio 2017 (o 2016 si efectivamente : "Perhaps the stage is now being set"=> "Es posible que hagan el rodaje"). Espero que puede usted comprenderme ^^

  • Lydia says:

    Eeeh! How am I supposed to wait?! O-o

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  • Eliseo says:

    Due to Will Poulters aging, it may not be a bad idea to film Silver Chair and Last Battle consecutively. Then go back and film HHB and Magicians Nephew. Anyone agree?

    • Corchhîl says:

      Yes, I am agree with you about the order of recording (I am not sure if that is the good world ? ), but not totally, because they have to show us the last battle at last (it is the climax). Whereas, this movie must be turned before HHB to respect a little more the movie. So the order of shooting will be : silver chair, the the last battle, then magician nephew, and HHB. And the order of distribution of these movies is : silver chair, magician nephew, after HHB and to end the last battle.

      PS: They can film two are three movie in the same time (it represents 150 shooting days) like Peter Jackson with The lord of the rings and the hobbit ^^

  • waycomp2002 says:

    I agree three movies would be good but with 3 down there is 4 left and I am not sure they will release 4 movies we may see it get rebooted again 20 30 years from now The Magician’s Nephew has two number positions depending on which print. the orderwhen it came out it was the 6th book then later the person rereleasing them added a note that the creator wanted it to be book number 1 so later it got printed as the first book. while I’d love to see all the books made into movies (the bbc version did 4 of them and alot quicker too) the actors have aged a bit and so they would likely to have to use new actors. the book after wouldn’t be such a big deal as peter lucy edmond and susan are grown up and only play a minor role.but I think they should make The Magician’s Nephew next if they can’t do more then one at once
    . just my thoughts

    • Corchhîl says:

      It’s an interesting. In my opinion, the perfect order of narnia movies in theater is : The lion and wardrobe (exactly as the movie of 2005), after caspian prince (but with some quotes which referred to horse and his boy), The Down trader (the same movie), the silver chair (with cameo of penvensies who ask them who os aslan in our world and with references on horse and his boy), the next movie will be horse and his boy (to see susan "one last time"), magician Nephew to make the introduction of the end (flash back in the train whith digory and pevensies and eustace). And to end : the climax : the last battle.

      But the good order of shooting is The lion and wardrobe, caspian prince, down trader, silver chair, horse and his boy, magician nephew, last battle.
      Sorry for my english (beauty of my syntax) and for the title, I know real titles in my language

  • Daniela says:

    I would love to act in this movie I’m a huge fan of narnia does anybody know when they might start finding extras and the actors for this movie?

    • narnianac says:

      They usually start casting not long after the director is announced, which is more towards the end of pre-production I believe. So you have some time now. Your best chance is to get an acting agent, which is basically someone at a talent agency who will find you acting auditions/jobs (in commercials, short films, movies, tv shows, etc.) There’s more info about that on the web. Good luck! We share the same goal haha 😀

    • Jennifer says:

      I can’t wait for it to come out. I would also love to be in this movie! Such a Narnia fan.

  • Seiko says:

    Any year now…

  • AlyssG says:

    I can’t wait.

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