Podcast #108: Is “The Silver Chair” a Reboot? Well, it’s Complicated…

The word “reboot” is floating around the web in the wake of new comments from The Silver Chair Producer Mark Gordon. It should be noted that it was Collider.com, not Gordon himself, that used that word. What do people mean by “reboot”? Will the next film form another Narnia canon? We doubt it. Is it really confirmed that there will be completely a new cast? Listen to Rilian, GymFan, and Glumpuddle discuss the matter.

Gordon’s exact words were: “It’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

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27 Responses

  1. narnia fan 7 says:

    I really didn't like the way Gordon's comments have been reported by film news sites they are being blown completely out of proportion

    I think that Silver Chair will be a "reboot" in marketing only I agree with glumPuddle in that they will leave it vague as to if it's in the same continuity as the Walden films.

  2. Michael van West says:

    As long as it doesn't stray away from the books like the other 3 did I will be happy. There is so much wonder and magic in the books already they do not need embellishing. Just show the book in it's full glory.

  3. Aslan's #1 Fan says:

    Interesting podcast. TONS of speculation. I just hope it is AS faithful as the LWW or better. 🙂 I'm excited.

  4. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    "We should just remake LWW five times!" XD Lol, I might finally get a version that I'm really satisfied if they did that. 😛

    Great to hear you three hash this one out; I listened to the episode twice as I continue to try to make sense of this news. All aboard the speculation train, because it looks like that's the only thing that's going anywhere at the moment. XD At least it's an entertaining detour until we hear something more concrete, and hopefully that will be soon!

  5. NarniaRules says:

    The only things keeping me from freaking out like a raging maniac over this are:

    1) This is the Silver Chair, which is the next book, so it will feel like a continuation despite having new actors

    2) In the Silver Chair, the Pevensies are gone, and so, it won't feel strange like it would if it had replaced the characters we've grown attached to before their time had officially come in Narnia canon. We'll be embracing Eustace and Jill, the new characters, though we did see Eustace before in Dawn Treader.

    3) If this is a new franchise, we most likely won't be seeing the first books again for SEVERAL years. It's picking up where we left off, and if it continues like this, I'll be able to watch the upcoming films and take them and the Walden films (minus Dawn Treader) as my Narnia series, being fully content with them. Then, when the new versions of the earlier book films come out, I won't need to see them.

  6. Reepicheep775 says:

    Wow. Addressing each other by your real names? That will take some getting used to. 😛

  7. Ginny Howell says:

    I am a true Narnia addict. It is obvious that when these movies are made, some of the content would have to be tweaked for today's audience. The last 3 Walden Media films were amazing. I watch them often and I just don't want to see this format changed too much. It's obvious the Pevensies will not be in the Silver Chair, but it would be very sad not to have William Poultney as Eustace, or Liam Neeson as the great Aslan. Just keep it real please.

  8. twinimage says:

    I took the mention of "reboot" as damage control. They're letting people know, "Hey, remember those Narnia movies you didn't like?.. This won't be those. We're going to reinvigorate this property."

    • glumPuddle says:

      Well, remember: Gordon never said the word "reboot." Collider.com put that in their headline and the rest of the internet ran with it

      • twinimage says:

        Aha, thanks for the clarification. I'm usually more savvy in discerning that stuff. Well played Collider!

  9. Anfinwen says:

    So good to hear Gym Fan on the podcast again!

  10. Bo says:

    I've found David Magee's clarifying comments much more precise than the vague Collider interview. His tweets and responses can be found here: https://twitter.com/realdavidmagee/with_replies.

    Among other things, he says that Poulter is the only actor who is likely to be recast, and he also cites Christmas 2017 or 2018 is likely release dates. Fascinating indeed.

  11. Jillian says:

    My mom's idea is, IF they wanted to create a new continuity they should have started with HHB and cast new Penvenses. Then remake the LWW exctra with those kids.

  12. Jillfan says:

    I have a question. What happened to the rest of the Narniaweb council? Where are Dr Ransom and the others?

    • The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

      Dr Ransom did take part in a live commentary during the LWW Watch Party in November, so he's still around but probably busier with other, non-Narnia things. I'd imagine it's the same case with the others, but hopefully we'll see them all back at some point!

  13. Roger says:

    I do not think there will be a complete reboot until after the copyright of the books expires. I think that this will not happen until 2033. Please correct the time if wrong.

    My worries about the movie have to do with how faithful the script will be to the book. Do not expect big names to keep costs down.

  14. Christopher says:

    Since Aslan is, without question, THE main character of the Narnia series, if Liam Neeson ends up being the ONLY recurring cast member to do all 7 films, it would at least help me accept the new film as legit.

    And when 'The Magician's Nephew' gets made, if Tilda Swinton reprised her role as Jadis, that would be terrific.

  15. Foedhrass says:

    Whatever they do – I do hope, they involve WETA again! I was not impressed by the costumes and props in Dawn Treader. Weta Workshop are the best.

  16. Zee says:

    Those comments re: Star Wars don't make sense – the three trilogies take place in completely different time periods – not just chronologically but the political state of the galaxy in which the story takes place. Ep. VII takes place a long time after VI – and so certainly a lot longer after Ep. III with all of the events of Eps. IV-VI taking place in between.

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  19. T says:

    As a writer I'm looking at how long it's been since the last film I am not surprised at the reboot – it's either that or some really good CGI will need to be done… I believe that the first three films were terrific and everyone did a great job but if

    I'm rather attached to the original cast of the first three films (LWW, PC and VDT) but those kids grew fast and it's been so long so now the trouble with recasting Will Poulter is he's no longer that little boy… So a new cast is reasonable… A lot of people might be upset but hey! If recasting Will Pouter happened people would complain it wasn't realistic.

    If Gordon and the team want to have a go at CoN then by all means – let's see what you guys come up with… and it could be fun!

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