Podcast discussion: Is it a good idea to turn the Chronicles of Narnia into films? What is a good adaptation? What kinds of changes are acceptable? Where is the line? Listen and then post your thoughts below.
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Look for our next episode on May 1.
Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) will be speaking at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL tonight. The event will be streamed live beginning at 6:55pm CST.
“Evangelism and C.S. Lewis: A conversation with Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, with music by Meg Sutherland.”
Professor of evangelism Dr. Jerry Root will interview C.S. Lewis’ son, Douglas Gresham, about Lewis’ legacy as an evangelist. Singer-songwriter Meg Sutherland will perform songs from her debut album, “Courage, Dear Heart,” which features songs inspired by the creative legacy of Lewis.
Evangelism and C.S. Lewis is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
We will see if he offers any new information about The Silver Chair. View the stream here.
UPDATE 4/18/17: View the recording of the event. You can also read our notes. The event begins with a few songs from Meg Sutherland. Gresham unsuccessfully tried to get her song “Real” into the closing credits of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
We have revamped the NarniaWeb podcast, now officially titled “Talking Beasts.” From now on, we will be posting every two weeks! Watch for our next episode on Monday April 17 (here and on YouTube).
In this episode: William Moseley is “100%” up for playing Peter again. How excited are you about that? He also seemingly announced that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair will release in late 2018. Producer Douglas Gresham later told NarniaWeb he hopes for this, but it is not official. Glumpuddle, Mel, and Dot sort though the news and speculate about the three Narnia films that will hopefully follow The Silver Chair.
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The confidence in William Moseley’s voice as he proclaimed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair would be filmed this autumn and release in late 2018 caused quite a stir. Co-Producer Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) sent NarniaWeb a response:
“That is certainly what I hope to achieve. With movies you never know but I would very much like to have this be the case.”
Check back here on Monday for a podcast discussion on the future of the series.
Note: This is not an April fool.
Actor William Moseley (High King Peter) sounded confident about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair‘s production schedule while promoting his latest film, Carrie Pilby. In a video tweeted by a fan, he says:
“The Silver Chair… My character, as you probably know, isn’t in that book… until The Last Battle. That starts filming in autumn of this year and will come out one year later. September 2018 or Christmas 2018, the next Narnia will be released.”
High King Peter is also mentioned, but does not actually make an appearance, in The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.
Moseley is an unlikely source for an announcement like this, so consider it just a rumor for now. He may have been merely summarizing what many fans have speculated since Producer Douglas Gresham revealed his hopes to start pre-production early this year. We are working on getting confirmation.
UPDATE: Here’s the complete video. When asked if he would be willing to play Peter again, he responds “Yes, 100%!”
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.
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’s 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.
UPDATE (4-3-17): Gresham hopes to start filming this Fall and release in late 2018.
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.