Narnia Movie FAQ
Since 2003, NarniaWeb has been proud to provide the most accurate, up-to-date news and information about the Narnia films. Here are a few of the most common questions we’ve received about the films. If you don’t see the information that you are looking for, take a look around the rest of the site, search our news archives, browse the forum, or ask us a question.
Probably not. The film rights owned by Walden Media expired and reverted to the C. S. Lewis Estate.
Depending on who you ask, you'll get a slightly different answer. But as far as we can tell, one thing's for sure — those who were involved in negotiations were not able to agree on how to proceed in making a fourth Narnia film before time ran out.
Even though the film rights expired, Walden Media still owns the option to buy the film rights again should the Estate put them up for sale. (The difference between options and rights and be found here.) The C.S. Lewis Estate has decided not to sell the rights again before the option Walden owns has expired. The Estate is then required by law to wait a certain number of years called a moratorium before they can sell the rights to the Narnia films again. Douglas Gresham stated in May 2012 it would be about seven years before they could continue production on another Narnia film. (More information can be found here.)
We certainly believe so, though it's impossible to say specifically when it might happen. But Douglas Gresham has said he hopes to continue to make the films independently starting with The Silver Chair.
By our best estimate, we won't see another film until 2018 at the earliest, but in the meantime, keep checking back here for news, read the books again, or watch the movies. And we always love to discuss every aspect of Narnia on our forums so feel free to join in there too.
'The Lion Awakes' is a movie being made by the Three Agree Films production company and co-written by Darren Scott Jacobs and Dr. Louis Markos. It's about the first half of C. S. Lewis's life, starting with his childhood, emphasizing his friendship with Tolkien, and ending with a series of broadcasts Lewis gave over the BBC during WWII. (More information can be found here.)
The film is still in early pre-production, but they do have several websites which you can check out below.