Gresham Confident All 7 Narnia Films Will Be Completed

Douglas Gresham (co-producer, stepson of C.S. Lewis) was asked if all the remaining Chronicles of Narnia will make it to the big screen. Watch the video here.

DG: “I often hope desperately, and sometimes I pray, that I will live long enough to make all of the books into movies. But, I’m seventy years old now and we just don’t know what’s going to happen with that. We still have The Horse and His Boy to do. We still have The Magician’s Nephew, which I’m absolutely longing to film. And of course then The Last Battle. But whether we’ll get them all done in my lifetime, I have no idea. Certaintly I believe that, sooner or later, they will all be filmed of course.”

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32 Responses

  1. A H says:

    The Last Battle! I've always wanted to see that one since BBC made 4 out of 7 movies.

  2. waggawerewolf27 says:

    Twice now, after VDT was released at the end of 2010, and when Silver Chair was screened in the early 1990's, it was suggested the next one to be screened would be Magician's Nephew. However, after being LOTGK in Silver Chair, Barbara Kellerman could not reasonably go back to being Jadis in Magician's Nephew, the series was discontinued, and we all saw what happened after 2011.

    Personally, the one I'd like to see filmed next would be The Horse and his Boy. It is my favourite of the series, I'll agree. But I don't know why it could not have been televised at least, as there is nothing in the story anywhere near as complicated as the Creation of Narnia in Magician's nephew, let alone its dissolution in Last Battle. The Pevensies are all grown up and pay bit parts. And Aslan needs a voice more than a particular actor.

  3. narnia fan 7 says:

    Hopefully all the film's will be made in Mr Gresham's lifetime.

  4. twinimage says:

    I hope one day we see a good, fun rendition of A Horse and His Boy. That one has so much potential of making a great movie. And it shouldn't need much changes in story to work well on screen.

  5. Friederike says:

    I would like to see magicians nephew next, though I also like a horse and his boy. Hope they bring the original actors back for that one.

  6. Fledge says:

    Thanks Sir, it's good to have your word, I'll be glad to see all 7 stories being made into the movies. 🙂

    Can't wait to see Puddleglum, Jill Pole, Glimfeather, Fledge the winged horse, Kirk, Polly, the Jadis from Charn, Cor and Corin, and Tars. 🙂

  7. Larry W. says:

    I'm very happy that all seven books will probably be made into movies. Although I didn't care much for the second film, Prince Caspian, I liked the first and third movies better because they were more faithful to the books, although they had some issues with that too. Let's hope for more true Narnian stories with these new big screen productions.

    • churp churp says:

      PC was the most Narnian film out of the three. It's slightly changed story, made sense cinematically and amped the theme of the book & it's connection to Lucy – Of Narnia being governed by Narnian magic firstly & Lucy's connection to Aslan bringing this back to the land after all the other characters had learnt their Narnian lessons. It remains one of the best fantasy films of it's type ever made except for 1/6 of it (that is the end army battle that scatters the film's momentum/rythme & dulls it's climax of the awakening of the trees and the river deity) that is what it got associated with.

      Despite that, it may be that it's quality helped VoTD's box office alot more than people realised in following on. VoDT is visually nice & cool, & the core performances helped elevate the wooden characterisations & plot. It was a skeleton of what could have been a great Narnia movie itself.

      I thought Magician's Nephew would have been a better bet, in contextualising the previous three Narnia films, & what's at stake with Narnia for the films to come. And the iconic villianess for Narnia to the general cinematic public of Tilda Swinton with a good big part, time travel elements of victoria type England, along with fairy tale Charn and Narnia creation episodes. That & Adamson's creative involvement in helping directors in the diff. departments to get the best results in aiding Director's juggle everything smoothly for continuity i would have been confident about.

      Silver Chair is an online fan favorite of only a negligibly small section of hard core Narnia movie audience, & it's the most dark and gothic Narnia story there is. Wouldn't have been my pick for a series overview, middle episode, for a series that is struggling for a audience focus & perception of identity.

      To give Silver Chair's gothic and dark story it's full cinematic due, i would have preferred if had built up some steam with MN & then H&HB, allowing it to go to town with the Silver Chair story with an pre-invested wide audience in tow.

    • Jedan Payne says:

      I beg to differ with you sir. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film was not true to the spirit of the book. The BBC Version was truer to the spirit of the book and a much better movie. Have you seen the BBC versions?

      • Larry W. says:

        I have seen the BBC versions and own them. They have dialogue which is closer to the books than any of the big screen films. However, Prince Caspian was only an hour's viewing time on the BBC, but Voyage had more of the story in about two hours. I thought the actor playing Caspian was better in the BBC specials was better, but that is a matter of preference. I don't remember that the scene of Doctor Cornelius educating young Caspian about old Narnia in secret on the castle tower being in the big screen film. Shouldn't preserving old Narnia should have been more important as it was in the book? And was the part about Lucy's seeing Aslan in the dim light (showing her unique faith in him) when the other children didn't see him even in the film? I don't remember it. It was very important in the book. Perhaps the battle scenes were too long. I really liked the ship in the big screen film of Voyage. Ramandu's daughter was good, but there was no Ramandu in person. The way the children entered Narnia through the picture was quite good and the actor playing Eustace wasn't bad. The Focus on the Family radio version was better in its scripts than either the TV or movie versions.

  8. S.J. Akhtar says:

    As well as the movies – which I am looking forwrd to, I would like to see them made in an animated version too, in order, starting with 'The Magician's Nephew' and preferably being made by Dreamworks production style.

    • Fledge says:

      I hope they could do it a TV series too, just like Game of Thrones, Merlin, Atlantis, The Flash.

  9. Dan Oliveira says:

    I don't wanna sound rude or anything but the way things are going…. Almost 10 years to produce a movie, I think it will be hard even for me (23) to watch all of them.

    • Hermitess of Narnia says:

      Maybe… but I think they will make movies of the other three sooner than that because eventually Narnia will become public domain and then anyone could make the movies. I don't know how long Narnia's copyright is good for (current ones are author's lifetime + 70 years).

  10. Eustace says:

    I think they should make the Horse and His Boy as soon as possible. They could even start making it now with a different writer. They will not need any of the same cast from Silver Chair to The Horse and His Boy so it should be easy.

  11. Febe Maria says:

    I think The Last Battle should be the next

  12. Juaspian says:

    I think they should talk about the silver chair no over the other books, find a director, have the cast etc.

  13. ZHVC says:

    I believe after the silver chair, the horse and his boy should be next to be adapted in a movie, just like how the books were originally published

  14. Preet Harpal says:

    I am the fan of Chronicles of Narnia and believe in these kind of stories.

  15. Pole says:

    I think The last battle so they can keep as many of the original actors in it as possible, then the magicians nephew, then the horse and his boy.

  16. Christopher says:

    After 'The Silver Chair', I think it would be great if 'The Magician's Nephew got made next. For 2 reasons: 1) Tilda Swinton HAS to reprise her role as Jadis (she has said she wants to, "we'll keep our fingers crossed" she said an an article). 2) Douglas Gresham is wanting so desperately to do it.

    'The Horse and His Boy' would actually work better being next to last, because the original actors that did Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy could return as themselves in the Cair Paravel scene.

    'The Last Battle'? It should be last, obviously! It would accommodate the marketing better all the way around.

  17. Phoenix says:

    The Last Battle would be the best one to put in film while the actors are still of reasonable age. The Magician's Nephew would be an entirely new cast, and outside the current timing, as Diggory Kirk would be a young boy, instead of the old professor in Lion, Witch, And Wardrobe. The Horse and His Boy would need to be last, to allow time for the original Pevensie actors to have aged to the adult age they were in the book (if they were wanting to revise their roles)

  18. Aslan is on the move says:

    The Horse and His Boy would be amazing! That would definitely be my first choice.
    However, the last battle. Oh my gosh. It would be great!
    I'm less excited about The Magician's Nephew. I would be very nervous to see how they would do that and see if they ruined it like they did the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
    I'm anxious to see The Silver Chair. Hoping desperately that it at least mostly sticks to the book.

  19. Aslan is on the move says:

    Does anybody have any idea who the director's are thinking of casting in the role of the characters of the Silver Chair (mainly Eustace, Jill, Puddleglum, Aslan, and the witch)?

  20. Savvy lovell says:

    I think The Last Battle should be filmed after The Silver Chair. That's in order so at least it won't be awkward.

  21. Aravis Johnson says:

    I would so like to be able to play Aravis in The Horse and his Boy. We have somewhat similar backgrounds. I like her a lot.

  22. Ritam sarkar says:

    I wish that Pevensies siblings will be acted by William moseley, Anna popplewell, Scandar keynes & Gorgia henley in 'THE HORSE & HIS BOY'.

  23. Mark Gardner says:

    I think they should combine The Horse and His Boy AND The Magician’s Nephew, so only three more movies need to be made, giving us a better chance to see them all done in our lifetimes. The Silver Chair and the Final Battle are long stories, so need to be one movie each.

  24. Juaspian says:

    I Think is better work in the Silver Chair and when it will be finished start to think in the next.

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