Anna Popplewell Would Return to Narnia

Anna Popplewell in "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn"

While promoting Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Anna Popplewell (Susan) was asked if she would want to be involved in another Narnia film. Her response:

“I’d love to, my character is in The Horse and His Boy, and doesn’t feature heavily in any of the other books, but if they can fit me in then I’d love to of course. But I don’t know what the plans are in terms of developing the other novels.” (full interview)

Anna is 24, the same age as Sophie Winkleman when she played adult-Susan at the end of Disney/Walden’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Queen Susan is 26 in “The Horse and His Boy.”
How would you feel if “The Horse and His Boy” was the next Narnia film? Go to the homepage, scroll down, and vote!

56 Responses

  1. Ana F. says:

    I'd be happy with anything. Just as long as they don't butcher it. πŸ˜‰

  2. Rebecca says:

    Would not mind if they did Horse and his boy, but I was looking forward to seeing the magician's nephew! Nothing against Anna but she could wait at least a year..

  3. Trumpkin says:

    If Walden announced they were making The Horse and His Boy, I would be absolute fine with it. As long as the Pevensies have small roles to keep the focus on Shasta.

  4. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    Depends. I don't want her to be in her 30's if they ever decide to adapt HHB. Something I hope that will happen in any future Narnia films is that the adaptation will keep the children about the same age they are in the books.

  5. EstefanΓ­a says:

    It Would Be GREAT!!! πŸ˜€ please!!! I really desire another Narnia film!! :3 pretty please!

  6. glumPuddle says:

    Yeah, if they announced HHB was next, that's the first major issue we'd be discussing in the forums: Weather or not the title will be changed to "The Horse, The Boy, and the Pevensies."

  7. That will be great if the original Pevensies will play again in the future films (HHB and LB). As for The Horse and His Boy, yes I agree that they should return as their original characters as long as the story is centralized in Shasta's.

  8. FS says:

    Awesome!!! We total fans of the prior Pevensies, would not want a change. They just need to do it, instead of just talking about it. Time is ticking away. They made their million/billions off the last 3 there is no reason why they should wait. Side note follow the book, it is an awesome story.

  9. puddleglum says:

    It would be good to see the same people playing the same roles. But I must agree also with the rest on not waiting too long, and that the title character needs to be formost in the writer's mind when doing the script.

  10. CJ says:

    Love it… I would love to see another Narnia movie no matter who is in it……..

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  12. fantasia_kitty says:

    … and the White Witch… πŸ˜›

  13. Ajay says:

    That would be fantastic

  14. Helge Krabye says:

    I love the Narnia stories, and all of them really deserve to be told again – in the shape of movies! To the makers of the next: CS Lewis didn't write these books as stories for children only, but for the parents and grownups too. So, don't make the next movie too childish. Make it mystical, wise, strong and beautiful. After all, we are dealing with Aslan!

  15. bon montefalcon says:

    I'd love too..please..I'm a biggest fan of them..same person and charactes would be great and more interesting…I hope susan and caspian would meet again…more adventures,mysteries,figth scenes…mature and beautiful scenes.

  16. Jodie Gorrell says:

    The Horse and His Boy is our favorite!

  17. Starlily says:

    My thoughts exactly. Also, HHB is probably my favorite (or second favorite) book in the series, and I've always wanted to see it as a movie. It's never been made before, after all. But I agree, I don't want it to be butchered. Do it right, or don't do it at all.

  18. Katrelya Angus says:

    I would prefer The Silver Chair to follow Dawn Treader – it is important because I believe, first and foremost, we need to have the movies in the same sequence in which Jack wrote the books – we need to have Silver Chair, not Horse and his Boy, after Dawn Treader out of respect for Jack, and secondly, because it is the crucial end to the Caspian Trilogy which I believe can stand alone as a separate trilogy apart from the Narnian series.

  19. Twinimage says:

    Statements like these are rather pointless, of course an actor would say that. That means work and pay for them!

    Anyway, I have felt for a long time that HHB has the best potential at being adapted into live action and being a successful and enjoyable film. I can see Adamson directing that one and it working well.

    Plus, it could reference/connect to LWW and wouldn't have to link itself to the PC or VDT movies! πŸ™‚

    With a villain in this story, they shouldn't feel the need to mention the White Witch… ever…

    I say make HHB and let the series rest for a while till a visionary comes and can make the series fresh again, possibly a reboot, but only if really necessary to do so.

    Also, don't include Chronicles of Narnia in the movie title, just The Horse and His Boy. I feel the more recent movies have scared away a lot of people from the Narnia brand.

  20. I think it would be so wonderful if they could have the same actors in the next Narnia films! I'm glad that Anna wants to do it! Hopefully they will start on producing another one soon, if it's HHB or a different one. Can't wait to see what they will do, as long as it's pretty close to the book(s)!! πŸ˜‰

  21. Thekla says:

    I agree. I think it would be good for them to do a movie of it, since it would be brand new to all audiences–the ones who've seen Narnia and those who haven't.

    Does anyone think Andrew Adamson might came back, or is that a stupid thought?

  22. glumPuddle says:

    If this actually happens, we know who to blame now. Congratulations, FK.

  23. lioness13 says:

    PLEASE!! Any Narnia film is a good film in my book.

  24. The Doctor says:

    If the white witch is in HHB, I will shoot myself in the foot

  25. Seiko says:

    There are four books left. It would make no sense to go straight to last battle, because if people are loosing interest, boasting an 'ending" would just be a cash grab and may just blow up in the filmmaker's face.
    Making "The Silver Chair' next, though the most logical, might actually be better billed as a spin-off. While "Horse And His Boy" may focus on different characters, it has a deep connection with both the first and third Narnian books, so it wouldn't come off as an odd sequel after Dawn Threader.
    "The Magician's Nephew" can be made at any time really, because other franchises have proved making prequels at random or at times that makes sense are basically always successful. Sorry if me mentioning some movies offends people, but all these prequels were successful, all of them more than the prior film: Along Came A Spider (prequel to Kiss The Girls), Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (made more profit than 2), Tremors 4 (everyone hated 3), Freddy's Dead, HRaiser Inferno, Prometheus (this one destroyed a lot of the prior sequels).

    With Silver Chair, you have logic, natural continuation, and I love Silver Chair…
    With Horse And His Boy, you have Pevensie appeal, still good continuation…
    With Magican's Nephew, you have less risk and it is so different from the rest
    people who were put off by Prince Caspian (it is a little too similar to the first book in some ways), will return.

    I think they should also be smart and film in 3D, no cheap post conversions. This will increase profit, and except for Last Battle, I honestly believe they could reduce the budgets to $120 million for the other three, mainly because there are no boats (water CGI), no gigantic battles, but there are dark places and deserts. I imagine it is far more expensive to CGI Narnia that it would be to CGI or build a dark place which half of Silver Chair takes place in, or to CGI or just film in the desert or on sand for a big portion of Horse And His Boy. Magician's Nephew would only have one super scene of the creation, the rest can be staged in woods and houses. I mean, this may sound goofy, but "Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" was the biggest battle, Prince Caspian had a lot of added action that made it so expensive, and Dawn Threader was a Voyage at sea.

    If it cost's less, attracts more people, is filmed in 3D, then it'll be a recipe to at least make as much money as Prince Caspian, and with a budget at $100 million less, they can't really go wrong.

  26. Roggin says:

    Another concern would be that they would add some romance between Shasta and Aravis because in the last chapter Lewis says they get married, and I could see the filmmakers saying "Lewis said they got married,so we thought that, that would give us licence to add a romance"

  27. I'd be more than happy to see the Horse and His Boy come out. It's a difficult story to follow as it covers so much (both land and story), but I think it would be fantastic! Just stick to the books!

  28. Trumpkin says:

    No. That would be terrible….

  29. Marta says:

    Yah i have been waiting for magicians nephew also. I thought that it would be defiantly the next movie that they make but i might be wrong.

  30. Fireflower says:

    At this point, I would take ANY of the Narnia books being made into films! I just wish that they would make something…

  31. The Doctor says:

    EVEN Voyage? You might need to re-read the book if you think that was a good movie.

  32. The Doctor says:

    Susan and Caspian never ever meet again and never ever had or should have had a romantic relationship

  33. The Doctor says:

    Id love to see Adamson come back, he was great with the first and also Harry Gregson-Williams must come back, his score for the first two was amazing unlike the score for dawn treader which was just forgetful.

  34. GlimGlum says:

    It would be great if they actually stuck to the book. (As much as possible while creating a cinematic version.) πŸ™‚

  35. Concie says:

    I would LOVE it! I never finished reading the horse and his boy but I would like to see it! I'm really happy with anything.

  36. mixedfiction says:

    If they'll continue the movies, then I agree with you. It might just be me, but I feel as if the Narnia Movies franchise is dying. It's been 3 yrs since the last film. πŸ™
    I'm still wishing for a better movie chronicles. Don't get me wrong, I love what we have now very much. πŸ™‚

  37. mixedfiction says:

    "Side note follow the book, it is an awesome story."
    Side note? Sorry, but to me that line sounds like you are not a real fan. In my opinion a true fan would say, "Follow the book! Keep the Narnian spirit!"

  38. mixedfiction says:

    Whoa, wise words there, my friend. I can't believe how many people sometimes miss this point. You put this profound thing so simply. πŸ™‚

  39. me" says:

    I really love narnia! and I am very eager to see all the books to be made out into the films soon! I think it will be wonderful if the same actors cast in all narnian films! …

  40. Gelbozza says:

    They should release a film now, it has been 3 years since the last…. Which way will it go? A prequel? A follow up to the Dawn Treader, or The horse and his boy?!?…

  41. sam says:

    Read the news archives here on this website, there is a legal matter which prevents them from making any more for a while

  42. sam says:

    depends, for intance I'd describe myself as a true fan of the movies, and of the books. I don't expect them to be the same, The books are already awesome I'd like the movies to be as well. If the changes made to the story make the movies better, I'm all for it… The changes they made in prince caspian were great. The changes they made in Voyage not so much…

  43. sam says:

    I don't care for that book much, the movie is ok

  44. sam says:

    If there were romance it'd have to be somewhere at the end, maybe a narrated epilogue that shows them together as the words "they got married"

  45. sam says:

    Read through the news articles here at Narnia Web, there is a legal matter that is preventing movies from being made, probably be another 4 years

  46. valen says:

    Hello un saludo a anna desde venezueLa πŸ™‚

  47. Mary Ann says:

    Dawn Treader IS a good movie–it might not be a perfect "translation" of the book–but it is entertaining and very much in keeping with the SPIRIT of the books. I literally just finished watching it again.

  48. TheeNarnianMeerkat says:

    Yes. πŸ™‚ I believe I'd be happy to see another Narnia film as well. Though I must say, Narnia has become but a good memory these days…If they can make Narnia ALIVE again, such as which like LWW, and possibly even more LIVELIER…That would be epic, like going back to childhood all over again…As of now, I am now a total LOTR/HOBBIT fan. It has become my favorite fantasy movie, toppling over Narnia. This ain't surprising to some of you I can understand, for Narnia is more of a children's series. I'm 18 now. I have grown to like darker, more realistic to the real world stories…It's a bit sad, but it's maturity. I truly wish though, that Narnia would truly COME BACK…Hopefully, some of the main Narnia film creators will see this comment, and possibly it will give them an inspiration to CONTINUE. ON. NARNIA…Please, don't let it die…Narnia…It's too good of a story to dump… Narnia is the world of hope. Narnia is the place for great, motivational lessons. Narnia is a place where people can possibly learn about God…Thank you.

  49. TheeNarnianMeerkat says:

    See ANY* Narnia film

  50. TheeNarnianMeerkat says:

    How do any of you feel about a Narnia reboot too possibly???…No. No as I think more about it, NO. It would just ruin all of my good memories…Maaaaybe a reboot on JUST the films they haven't even done yet. But yet I want Aslan to look the same and be voiced by Liam Neeson! And, ya…Just no. Scratch that lol. But still tell me your thoughts.

  51. Pevensie#5 says:

    YESSSS!!!!! That's what I've been wanting!! PLEASE let them do another movie!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLLLEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEEE!!!!!!

  52. Sword says:

    Maybe they could model Tashbaan and Calormen after Persia in the "Prince of Persia" movie. A very realistic Arabic city-landscape. Every time I see that movie, I always expect someone in the street to start shouting, "Way for the Tisroc!!"

  53. Anhun says:

    Actually, Lewis wrote HHB right after VDT. SC wasn't written until the following year. In fact, he makes references to HHB in SC, as though the reader is supposed to have already read it. His publishers were the ones who change the order to VDT-SC-HHB. In a letter to a fan, Lewis once wrote that the reading order of the books didn't matter, so changing the order would not be disrespectful in any way.

  54. me" says:

    Really would it take upto 2018 to make another narnia film? Can anyone tell surely ? and that will be SC, or MN, or HHB?

  55. would especially like to repeat the Narnia movie, not because it is too good but I started to emotivisem in the film, when the evil witch Aslan pierced with a knife immediately tears in my eyes, I stopped the movie and cried for 10 minutes, the alii one point I went and watched the movie by Lucy and Susan oplakavaju then I started to cry, I watched the movie and when I saw that Aslan returns to Lucy and Susan, but I started crying with happiness, the more it became my film but life, I became eomotivac for him, the film is promenio.Imam me almost 15 years ago and I've already read all 7 parts of the book about Narnia, they told me I was crazy, I was excited, but I told them that this is my business and I'm in the heart of Narnia, 7 years practicing football and when at every practice is beginning to annoy saying "Aslann King of Narnia," and we immediately hit adrenaline in the blood. I was in all the zoos in Serbia and watched the lions. Asked guards if I can whisper something to them and to help them but they said no, I'm really Narnia at Heart and Aslann, can you repeat that movie at least another 4 – 're part and daljee, and yes … At one point I wanted to raise a loan from the father of 100 thousand euros to buy the lion but it's nowhere to sell .. I hope that you all read the comments and see how much I care about Narnia Aslan! Read comments please

  56. Dm says:

    I hope they will make a narnia movie soon
    looking forward to it