Markus and McFeely Talk The Silver Chair
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters of the first three Narnia films, shared some thoughts on The Silver Chair in a recent interview with SuperHeroHype . Their latest film, Captain America: The Winter Solider, released on Friday and set a new opening record for April.
SHH: Before you guys go, I want to quickly ask about “Chronicles of Narnia,” because I’m a huge fan of the books. Do you think there’s a future for the movies as a franchise at this point and are you still involved at all?
Markus: They’re trying to do a fourth one.
McFeely: Yeah, they’re trying to do “The Silver Chair” right now but I don’t think there’s a studio.
McFeely: No, I think they switched producers, but “Silver Chair” I think is a good choice because it’s a pretty coherent adventure that’s not terribly tied to what comes before or after so you can make a really solid adventure movie and not get too bound up inside this other thing. It’s three acts, it’s literally a beginning, middle and end and it feels like a whole story. “Caspian” was harder because it takes place a thousand years later and “Dawn Treader” was really hard. We were kicked off that one. The problem with “Dawn Treader” is that it’s a lovely book with no stakes. It’s a philosophical exploration that needed to be turned into a heroic quest, but it basically just wasn’t.
Markus: I look forward to them attempting to make “The Horse and His Boy” and “The Last Battle.” It’s an evil talking monkey!
McFeely: Wasn’t there a donkey wearing a lion skin, something like that?
McFeely: We always thought that if we did “The Silver Chair,” we’ll crush that one, but everything worked out for a reason. If we stayed with that, we wouldn’t be here.
To be clear, Markus and McFeely are not involved with The Silver Chair at this time. David Magee is currently the only writer to be announced. Thanks to Skilletdude for the find.