Flaherty: “Multiple Opinions” On Fourth Narnia Film

This Monday will mark two years since Fox/Walden’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hit theaters and ultimately performed below expectations in the United States, but pretty well internationally. At this point, most fans have accepted the fact that we should not expect to see another Narnia film made for some time (view our ‘Narnia 4’ summary page).

One of the reasons for the hold-up is disagreement about what the next step should be. Micheal Flaherty (Walden Media president) would like to make The Magician’s Nephew while Douglas Gresham (co-producer, Lewis’ stepson) favors The Silver Chair. Here is a clip from World Magazine‘s interview with Micheal Flaherty:

Q: So, with revenue going down and production costs remaining high, so what’s next for the Narnia movie series?
MF: There are multiple opinions on all this and a lot of different players: The C.S. Lewis estate, the studio, our company—and we’re not all of one mind. I would love to find a way where the economics work, acknowledging the decline. I’d like to do The Magician’s Nephew. Other people want to do The Silver Chair, and there’s disagreement about the economics and the overall vision of where the franchise should go next. My hope is that we may all become of one mind, but unless something providential happens there, I’m focusing on a number of other stories.

Q: So, at this moment, no deal?
MF: Nope.

Flaherty talks more about Narnia in the full interview.

Back in May, Douglas Gresham indicated there is a seven-year moratorium on producing any Narnia films outside of Walden Media. He also wants to make The Silver Chair next as an independent film.


427 Responses

  1. Farsight-messenger says:

    Oh, Robb is also on The Bridge of Terabithia…. Fanning is also good. But I haven't seen True grit yet. Whoever will be playing Jill Pole or Polly Plummer, I just really hope that she will be worthy to play the character just like the Pevensies, Caspian and Eustace as well.

  2. mixedfiction says:

    I haven't seen The Bridge to Terebithia. You should see True Grit, it's a great movie; I haven't read the book, though (True Grit is based on a novel of the same name by Charles Portis). Yeah, I agree. Of all the Narnian characters portrayed in the movies, I think Eustace was done best. I really love Poulter as Eustace, he did a brilliant job. 😀

  3. mixedfiction says:

    @The Doctor, That. would. be. EPIC.

  4. mixedfiction says:

    Why Johnny Depp? Yes, he is a great actor; but isn't his name too big for a Narnia film (I mean his name might come before the movie's title)?

  5. mixedfiction says:

    I disagree with your first point.

    I agree. A movie can't always have the same pace as a book it is based on.


  6. mixedfiction says:

    But still, a film adaptation (of a book) must keep to its original story as much as possible.

  7. Farsight-messenger says:

    oh, my bad… I just thought about it. The portrayals of McAvoy and Broadbent (Tumnus and Digory Kirke) are really great… I REALLY CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT NARNIA MOVIE UPDATE…..