While promoting his latest film, Carrie Pilby, William Moseley reminisced about the years playing Peter in the Chronicles of Narnia films. When asked about his fellow cast members, he said:
“I see them a lot! I saw Anna, Georgie about 2 weeks ago. I saw Skandar almost a year ago. […] If they make the last film, we might all come back together for that.”
It is highly unlikely that this is more than wishful thinking, but fans of his portrayal of the High King should be happy to see his apparent enthusiasm for returning to Narnia.
In the interview, he also discusses his post-Narnia career. “When I came out of the Narnia films, it was like coming off surfing the biggest wave and then not really knowing how to surf another wave.”
William will celebrate his 30th birthday next month. According to C.S. Lewis’ timeline, Peter is 27 in The Horse and His Boy and 22 in The Last Battle.
What do you think? Would you like to see all four Pevensie actors return? Which Narnia film should be made “last”?
Thanks to The Rose-Tree Dryad for the alert.
The Eagle and Child, the Oxford pub frequented by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, will be getting refurbished to include seven hotel rooms. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018. Read more.
Work-in-progress versions of books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings were read aloud in this pub by members of the Inklings. A plaque on the wall reads: “The conversations that have taken place here have profoundly influenced the development of 20th century English literature.”
UPDATE 3/2/17: We have been asked to temporarily remove our rundown. The Logos Theatre Prince Caspian stage play DVD release has been delayed until further notice. We will keep you posted on any developments.
Purchase tickets for the play here.
It has been over six years since we saw Narnia on the big screen, but a 4th movie is on the way. Here is what we know about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair…
The film is being developed and produced by The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company. Walden Media is not involved.
Douglas Gresham (step-son of C.S. Lewis), Mark Gordon, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams.
To be announced
Academy Award nominee David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) is writing the script. The Lady of the Green Kirtle will apparently have a name. And, Gresham confirmed that Puddleglum’s famous speech from chapter 12 will be in the film.
Producer Mark Gordon indicated none of the original cast would return, but this has not been officially announced. Eustace, Aslan, Caspian, and Trumpkin are the only returning characters in the book. It is worth noting that Will Poulter, who played Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is now 24 years old (Eustace is 9 years old in The Silver Chair according to C.S. Lewis’ timeline).
Tristar, eOne, The Mark Gordon Company
Some seemingly off-the-cuff statements by Producer Mark Gordon started rumors that The Silver Chair will reboot Narnia. While the film will undeniably be a reboot in the sense that it will restart a franchise after a long hiatus… it remains to be seen if it will take place in a continuity separate from the first three films.
To be announced. Gresham hopes to start “the next phase of pre-production” sometime this year. Based on that, we would estimate that late 2018 is probably the earliest the film could be released.
The Academy of Arts unveiled its stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia at the Logos Theatre last night in Taylors, South Carolina. The show will run until January 21 (tickets).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has been adapted several times (including at the Logos), but this marks the first time its sequel has appeared on a professional stage. View footage from local media below:
Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) flew in for the premiere. In a radio interview (thanks to NarniaFans for the heads up) this week, Gresham and Noah Stratton (Academy CFO) talked about the process of approving the script and realizing it would be the first Prince Caspian stage production on this level.
UPDATE: Prince Caspian returns to the stage this Summer and a DVD is available!
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is feeling more and more real as pre-production nears and the inclusion of a famous scene is confirmed. Rilian and Glumpuddle broadcast their reactions on Facebook Live last night. Listen to the recording and like us on Facebook if you’d like to be notified of future live events:
UPDATE: Here is the MP3 version:
Douglas Gresham (producer, stepson of C.S. Lewis) gave an update on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair while speaking at the Logos Theater in Taylors, SC yesterday. NarniaWeb spy ‘Hogglestock’ attended and sent us a rundown.
- Gresham thinks pre-production will begin early next year.*
- For the fans that love the famous speech Puddleglum gives after stamping out the queen’s fire… “We’ve got that in the movie,” Gresham confirmed.
- Tristar has been completely on board with Gresham’s wishes for the script. He called The Silver Chair “the best Narnia movie script we have ever had” and believes it will be a “corker” of a movie. (David Magee is the only announced screenwriter)
* “Pre-production” usually refers to the phase where sets are constructed, locations are scouted, actors are cast, costumes are designed, and the filming schedule is worked out. This period can last anywhere from several months to a couple years before filming begins and usually starts after a director is announced. If the current plans pan out, we would speculate that late 2018 is probably the earliest the film could release. An official release date and director have not yet been announced.
View the production timeline for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe here.
A new public space named after Chronicles of Narnia creator C.S. Lewis (“Jack”) officially opened yesterday in Belfast, Ireland. The author was born in Belfast in 1898 and yesterday marked 53 years since his death.
C.S. Lewis Square features seven bronze sculptures, including Aslan, the White Witch (holding Turkish Delight), Tumnus, the Beavers, the Robin, and the Stone Table.
Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, said, “I have a sneaking suspicion, though he never said so, The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe was [Jack’s] very favourite of all the books he ever wrote. I think he’d be thrilled to see the Narnia characters come to life in bronze. The secret, of course, is that on a moonlight night, if Aslan’s really around they might really come to life.”
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A huge step for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair! Narnia.com has announced that the film will be financed by TriStar, eOne and The Mark Gordon Company with Sony and eOne distributing the picture. Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce. Read the press release.
With the move, the franchise, which has taken in nearly $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office, receives a new creative team that will tackle the continuing story with a fresh approach to capture a broad global audience.
Mark Gordon: “Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new,”
Douglas Gresham: “It’s been both fun and exciting to work with Mark Gordon and David Magee to develop the next Narnian movie, and now it’s a thrill to welcome Tristar to our Narnia family. I greatly look forward to plunging again into the joys and challenges of once more bringing Narnia to the screen, this time with the wonderful story of The Silver Chair.“
What does this mean? The Silver Chair has financing and distribution, which significantly increases its chances of being made. But there is still no release date or director at this time.