Why is Walden Making ‘Magician’s Nephew’ Next?

The Christian Post caught up with Micheal Flaherty to talk to him about the future of the Narnia films. Flaherty confirmed that Walden plans to make The Magician’s Nephew as the fourth Narnia movie (which we already knew) and that they’re currently in talks with Fox and the C.S. Lewis Estate about it.

But what was interesting was one of the reasons he listed as to why they were making The Magician’s Nephew next instead of The Silver Chair.

Looking ahead, Walden Media believes The Magician’s Nephew has the potential to be a blockbuster hit like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because it is the second most popular book in the Narnia series.

Flaherty explained that box office performance for Narnia films appears to mimic the amount of people’s interest in the books.

“What’s interesting is that the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over this period of time sold twice as many books as Prince Caspian and it did twice as much at the box office. Prince Caspian sold a third of the books as Dawn Treader and did a third at the box office,” he noted.

“So while it’s not always a correlation between books to film, so far with these first three films, it has been.”

The full story is available here.

371 Responses

  1. BreehyHinnyBrinnyHoohyHah says:

    To me she always seemed a little tomboyish, but still wore dresses and the like, being the time period and all. She seems to me…kind of like younger Hermoine from Harry Potter…only a little. I always loved how she told Digory off when he wanted to ring the bell. Girl-power!

  2. NarnianGirl says:

    No I meant the Silver Chair actually. True he is only a few months older in SC than in VDT, but he is also written as very different, much wiser character in SC. A a year or two will help in portraying that.

  3. megan says:

    Ok first of all your all idiots. Second of all the books don't go in order. The magicians nephew is where it all starts. Third why dont you try reading the books before you think you know everything. Fourth seriously people there is a whole website for these movies GET A LIFE!!!

  4. Peter says:

    Can;t argue with that because of your name NNC :D.

  5. Peter says:

    If you show me the much needed money for a reboot, then I'll act as the adult version of Peter Pevensy. Because my name is Peter. I'll do it for free too :-). *well, non-profit at least*

  6. Peter says:

    I don't really get it: why doesn't the international income count? I mean–> why doesn't it matter if I go one or two times to VOTDT in the Netherlands? And why does it matter if someone in de USA goes one or two times? I really don't undertand. The worldwide income difference is now 10 million dollars. Why doesn't that matter? Because the income should have been higher?

    In other words: why are the domestic counts so important, and why do the movie makers lose money on Narnia if the costs seem lesser than the incomes? (see Box office.

  7. Pepper says:

    I am very much looking forward to The Magician's Nephew. Just imagine, Aslan singing Narnia into existence! I cannot wait to see how this is portrayed on screen, it is going to be quite a challenge for the production team.

    I am very curious to see what Liam Neeson says about who Aslan is, after voicing THAT script.

  8. Pepper says:

    That would be side-splitting, hopefully not to the point of taking away from the actual story.

  9. hokedonnarnia says:

    Ok all of u who r like omg the moves should be in chronological order need to chill cuz if thats the order that they r going to make them in then there is nothing u can do to change it and beside u should just be happy they r making a new one.
    so just chill out about the cronological order and freak out about the fact that they r making another mkovie cuz i know im freaking out right now.

  10. Euan says:

    I think it's interesting that the series has been getting progressively more blatant with the Christian theme of the books. To be fair they shied away from it somewhat in Prince Caspian but it's all there and them some in Dawn Treader! Now they've opted to go for one of the books that follows the creation story almost exactly. Well… it's really obvious at least. Perhaps they'll be more keen to go straight to the Last Battle next and Bible our faces to the max!

    As long as they find some way of getting Poulter back in the Silver Chair or the Last Battle I'll be happy. He was by far the best thing about Dawn Treader. Tremendous actor.

  11. Euan says:

    Umm, sorry that comment wasn't supposed to go to you megan. My bad.