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.”
Which film do you think should be made after The Silver Chair? Go back to the homepage and scroll down to vote! (bottom-right corner)
Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis, co-producer) was asked which character he is most excited about bringing to life in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Watch the video here.
DG: “The character I am most excited about filming in The Silver Chair, I think, has to be Puddleglum. Puddleglum is a unique character and also a unique species. All of the dwarfs and things we find in Narnia come from previous mythologies or other places. But, Puddleglum is a marsh-wiggle. The marsh-wiggles are the only species that Jack himself actually invented out of his own originality and his own mind. And he’s modeled after the old gardner we had at the Kilns in Oxford who was outwardly a very dour pessimistic guy, but inwardly was a huge optimist. His name was Fred Paxford. So, Puddleglum is the guy I’m really longing to see on film.”
How do you think Puddleglum should be brought to life? How much CGI, if any, should be used? Here is Lewis’ description from the book:
As they drew nearer, the figure turned its head and showed them a long thin face with rather sunken cheeks, a tightly shut mouth, a sharp nose, and no beard. He was wearing a high, pointed hat like a steeple, with an enormously wide flat brim. The hair, if it could be called hair, which hung over his large ears was greeny-gray, and each lock was flat rather than round, so that they were like tiny reeds.
They now saw that he had very long legs and arms, so that although his body was not much bigger than a dwarf ’s, he would be taller than most men when he stood up. The fingers of his hands were webbed like a frog’s, and so were his bare feet which dangled in the muddy water. He was dressed in earth-colored clothes that hung loose about him.
– The Silver Chair, ch. 5
Read our character profile for Puddleglum.
The word “reboot” is floating around the web in the wake of new comments from The Silver Chair Producer Mark Gordon. It should be noted that it was Collider.com, not Gordon himself, that used that word. What do people mean by “reboot”? Will the next film form another Narnia canon? We doubt it. Is it really confirmed that there will be completely a new cast? Listen to Rilian, GymFan, and Glumpuddle discuss the matter.
Gordon’s exact words were: “It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
Collider.com caught up with Producer Mark Gordon at the Television Critics Association press tour and asked a few questions about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Here is what he had to say:
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it.”
“It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
Gordon clarified that by “original characters,” he was referring to characters that have not appeared on film. He also indicated that no old cast members will return, apparently ending any hopes of Liam Neeson (Aslan), Will Poulter (Eustace), Ben Barnes (Caspian), and Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin) returning to reprise their roles.
No further details were given in the report, so the door has been left wide open for speculation. “Brand new franchise” might seem to suggest abandoning any continuity with the previous Narnia films… But, keep in mind that these quotes seem to have been given in casual conversation, not an official interview. Caution should be used while picking Gordon’s words apart. The report says he “hopes to be able to talk about it more openly soon.” There is also still no timetable for production and release.
Thanks to ‘littlej’ and everyone else that sent in spy reports.
How do you feel about Will Poulter not returning to play Eustace? Head over to the front page to vote (bottom-right).
Co-producer Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) took the time to answer a few of our questions as Disney/Walden’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe crosses the decade mark:
NW: Wow… ten years later. How does it feel to look back?
DG: As if almost no time has passed at all! It’s the weirdest thing that as one gets older (I am now 70) time both accelerates and stops at the same time! I mean the days sometimes seem infinitely long and weeks and months too, but years and even decades are a mere flash of a firefly. Its been a wild ride with its highs and lows but I wouldn’t have missed the last ten years for anything. I have learned so much about so many things.
NW: Has working on these films given you a deeper appreciation or different perspective on the books?
DG: I don’t think so, working on the films has given me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the pitfalls and problems involved in film making though, and its great joys and delights as well. Really one of the saddest parts of it all is the ephemerality of the friendships one makes on a film. A couple of years working together then some intense time on set making a whole bunch of new friends and then zap—its all over and everybody departs and goes their own ways and one sees most of them only very infrequently if ever again. And that’s sad. But on the whole it is a great experience and one I am looking forward to repeating as often as the Lord allows.
NW: Over the past decade, you have expressed how pleased you are with the adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Everyone has their own unique vision of Narnia of course, but for you personally, is there a specific scene in the film that came out exactly as you imagined it when you read the book?
DG: The scene that evokes “true Narnia’ in my mind was that classic sequence in which lovely young Georgie Henley as Lucy experiences Narnia for the first time. Andrew had her carried blindfolded to the set which she had never seen before, down the stairs (we had dug out the floor of the arena in which we filmed it) and carried her to the edge of the set. She stood there for a moment and then the lights came up, the cameras rolled, “Action” was called and the blindfold was removed, and Georgie stepped out into the snowy wood of Narnia. She looked around her in absolute awe and amazement, totally gobsmacked—one take!
NW: You have explained in the past how “compromises” are sometimes required when adapting a book for film. Could you pick out a specific example of a “compromise” decision in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
DG: Well it is ten years ago now—-and a lot of film has rolled through the gate since then, do you know, its amazing but I cannot remember even one. I suppose I erase that bit of hard drive as I move on to the next movie.
NW: Could you tell us your favorite Chronicle of Narnia at this particular moment?
DG: The Silver Chair of course, that’s the one I am reading at present again and again.
Listen to our 10th anniversary audio commentary for the film.