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.
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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.
Andrew Adamson (aka Andrew Son-of-Adam) has signed on to direct and co-write a live-action adaptation of Curious George, the classic children’s book series by Margret and H.A. Rey that first appeared in 1941. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce. Read more. Among our readers, Adamson is best known for directing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).
This will likely keep Adamson busy for at least a couple years, which might discourage the fans hoping he will someday return to Narnia.
A stage production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by the Stratford Festival is currently running in Ontario, Canada, and a group of NarniaWeb forum moderators caught a performance. Listen to a few of them (Pattertwigs Pal, Meltintalle, and Ryadian) share their thoughts with an envious Glumpuddle.
The production debuted in May and will continue until November. View the official trailer:
If you’re interested in the reading group, take a peek!
If you’ve jumped on the coloring book bandwagon like I have, then you will be thrilled to learn that Harper Collins has released ‘The Chronicles of Narnia Official Colouring Book.’ According to Harper Collins’ website, the 96 page book features the original art by Pauline Baynes, maps, favorite quotes, and more.
Order your copy on Harper Collins’ website here.
UPDATE: Here’s a video review from Glumpuddle’s personal channel.
Douglas Gresham (co-producer, stepson of C.S. Lewis) was asked if all the remaining Chronicles of Narnia will make it to the big screen. Watch the video here.
DG: “I often hope desperately, and sometimes I pray, that I will live long enough to make all of the books into movies. But, I’m seventy years old now and we just don’t know what’s going to happen with that. We still have The Horse and His Boy to do. We still have The Magician’s Nephew, which I’m absolutely longing to film. And of course then The Last Battle. But whether we’ll get them all done in my lifetime, I have no idea. Certaintly I believe that, sooner or later, they will all be filmed of course.”
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