Fans React to Joe Johnston Directing The Silver Chair | Talking Beasts

We could not wait another week to talk about the new Narnia director, so here is a special episode. Glumpuddle pours through the discussion forum with Dot, co-moderator of General Movie Discussion, to see what NarniaWebbers are saying about Joe Johnston directing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

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24 Responses

  1. Yerdif says:

    Hi. Now that a director has been announced, what do you all think about the composer? Do you think they could bring Harry Gregson-Williams back? Do you think they should? If not, who do you think should write the music? Whoever they choose, I really hope the music creates continuity with the other films, especially where the original themes are concerned. What do you think?

    • Musgrave says:

      If not Gregson-Williams, than John Campbell would be a dream come true! (still searching for his Narnia Radio Theater soundtrack)…

      • Anfinwen says:

        I'd love for John Campbell to score a Narnia movie! His work on the dramas is great, and I bet he could do even more with a bigger budget.

    • Just Queen, not High Queen says:

      Yes!!!!! Please bring back Harry Gregson-Williams!

    • Lord Argoz says:

      I'm really surprised to see how many people are mentioning Harry Gregson-Williams and their desire to see him return in SC. Normally the composer of a film is not particularly talked about and I thought that I was the only one who really loved Gregson-Williams's score and hoped that he'd be back… but I guess not!
      I think that Joe Johnston as a director is a choice that could go either way. However, since he seems to understand the importance of story over visuals and yet has great visuals in his movies as well, overall I am very hopeful. I guess we will just have to wait for further developments!

    • HPofNARNIA says:

      One of my wishlists for the film is to make the score sound magical because that's what really got me from the first film. I want someone who can put a little Christian music into it, have vocals sound like Angels and have a little less epic music.

    • The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

      If they go with somebody new, I would love to see what Adam Young (Owl City) could do with the score! Last year, he created several conceptual film soundtracks inspired by historical events, and I think he could give a Narnia soundtrack a really unique and quintessentially "Narnian" sound. 🙂

    • Anfinwen says:

      Harry Gregson-Williams soundtrack for LWW was wonderful, but PC was not unique enough. It was too much the same as LWW. I wouldn't mind having him score another movie, but SC should be unique and different, not just borrow themes from the others.

  2. Musgrave says:

    It's still hard for me to believe that October Sky and Jurassic Park 3 were made by the same director since they are so different in plot, tone, and quality, (and made almost back to back). But I'll stay optimistic, (for now), knowing he prefers making movies that are not all about spectacle. Here's to hoping Johnston and Gresham can agree on the script!

  3. narnia fan 7 says:

    I think Joe Johnston is a solid choice, I really like Captain America, and October Sky which I saw recently was also good, so I think we'll probably get a quality film and hopefully a quality adaptation.

    I can't to see what the Silver Chair themed look like!

  4. Considering the first tier movies that Johnson has directed, it's clear that Silver Chair will still be considered a tent pole franchise. I love Harry Gregson Williams, but I was under the impression that composers worked in conjunctions with certain directors, in this case being Andrew Adamson. I doubt we will have Harry but it would be nice.

  5. Twinimage says:

    I think Joe's got a neat film history that could cater well to Narnia. He's done plenty of family movies. Would be really fun if Silver Chair feels like an old fashioned kids/family movie. I still have trouble seeing Silver Chair as an entertaining movie.. I'll be more interested when/if they get to A Horse and His Boy.

  6. Fireberry says:

    Joe is obviously a solid craftsman who knows how to make a movie, and to some degree, he specializes in fantasy/action. But IMO, the essence of "The Silver Chair" is its "strangeness" (This is definitely not the Pevensies' Narnia!) I hope Joe knows this and makes "The Silver Chair" into a film distinctly different from the previous three.

    • Rick kuhn says:


    • nic5 says:

      To have a full on 'The Silver Chair' movie with a general audience in tow, it would need to be lead up to i'd say. It's the most perverse out of all the narnia storys to me (don't mean that as a for or against it relatively). So this SC movie will be light on it's perverse elements, as it's the first of a hoped for 4 more movies.

      Rightly or wrongly, out of the remaining four movies, i would guess Joe Johnston would be an inspired choice for the qualities of the type of movie that Magician's Nephew could be. I also like the idea of a chronological run through of the remaining movies, starting with it, for a number of reasons.

      Then i would have ideally liked an Andrew Adamson 'Horse and his Boy' with prior cast who be approx. right age cinematically by time for that – & H&HB always been my fav. out of the 7 also.

      With those two films being hits, a general audience would be right in tow for a fully realised The Silver Chair, with it's defining uncomfortably perverse & gothic tone, directed by Tim Burton.

      For the Last Battle, hmmm, been thinking Sam Raimi possibly, could imagine the bonfire camp scenes abit similar to the Oz Great & Powerful scenes of the crowd with the witches. That's the film i would have the least immediate idea of a type of vision for come to mind.

      Don't really have any other idle talkback about Narnia movies to say to my interest till see narnia 4 at the cinema.

  7. Rick kuhn says:

    Silver chair rocks. It will need adapting, however.

  8. Rick kuhn says:

    The first half of the film is very detailed, beautiful, but could be cinematically s!ow. I like the Greek platonic and Christian philosophy.

  9. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    Yay, bonus podcast! 😀 I appreciated the discussion about what a director does… you can have the best script in the world, but if the director doesn't have an inspired interpretation and know how to breathe life into that script, you won't end up with a good movie. Here's to hoping that Joe Johnston and David Magee will work together to produce something truly special!

    • The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

      Oh, and thanks for editing this episode, MfA! 😀 Definitely check out his YouTube channels, guys.

  10. Fireberry says:

    Hey, Joe … Mackenzie Crook as Puddleglum!

  11. Son of Adam says:

    I know about Joe Johnston because of Hidalgo.

  12. Gandalf the Grey says:

    Joe, be better put out your Star War heart and put on your new Narnian heart.

  13. Aslan Return says:

    I hope that Harry Gregson Williams return in "The Silver Chair". He must return.