Fake News: The Silver Chair Shooting in November?

What looked like a leaked press release for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair was posted yesterday afternoon with the headline “CREW HIRED FOR THE FOURTH NARNIA FILM: THE SILVER CHAIR.” It claimed the movie would start filming in November and named some crew members. Unfortunately, some sites ran with the story and fans started getting their hopes up.

NarniaWeb has been investigating since the post first appeared. Sources close to the production tell us the document is a forgery. Sony is not the author. Fans should disregard it.

Some of the information in the forged document was already public knowledge while the rest is speculation. Director Joe Johnston previously said New Zealand was a likely location for filming. Shelly Johnson has not been announced as Director of Photography but has worked with Johnston four times, making him a likely candidate for The Silver Chair.

What we do know: In April, Producer Douglas Gresham told NarniaWeb he hoped to begin filming this autumn and then release the film in late 2018, but nothing was official. That report is a few months old now, so it is not clear if that plan is panning out. A production schedule and release date for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has not yet been announced, but rest assured that Director Joe Johnston is hard at work.

Thanks to Rogin for alerting us.

UPDATE: Joe Johnston Sketchbook has tweeted about the fake news.

11 Responses

  1. GlimGlum says:

    Nice to have this cleared up. Thanks for the investigating, NW team. 🙂

  2. narnia fan 7 says:

    Thanks for clearing this up! Hopefully we get some REAL news soon.

  3. Jillfan says:

    Ahh man ☹️ I was so excited. Why do you do this to me internet?!

  4. Mark Sommer says:

    Thank for following up on this. I was one of the fans who was duped. I will make sure to add a link to this article on Facebook.

  5. Fireberry says:

    I wonder what the hoaxer's motive was. Hope the truth turns out to be even more exciting than these lies! Thanks, NW.

  6. High king Peter says:

    Been excited, now down in the dumps. 🙁 At least its good that the hoax reveal came out some hours later

  7. Seriously says:

    Seriously, why would anyone do this? What do they get out of it? I'm really curious… Are they just bored?

    • JillianP says:

      I feel the same. What motivates someone wasting a ton of time for something pointless? So. Weird.

  8. SortingHat says:

    The company got into trouble with the third one (Voyage of The Dawn Treader which the family forbid any more movies as it took away several key elements from the books One being the skin shedding of Eustace where in the books there is a lengthly conversation with the lion and other conversations missing from the book. There were moral points in those conversations.

    Another scene removed was with the DufflePuffs Lucy doesn't immediately go to the spell book. She explores the house and stays the night by herself and has an entire kitchen scene where they eat and wash dishes invisible. The book describes the dishes as seeming to move by themselves. Today they could just CGI it.

  9. SortingHat says:

    My favorite part of the book version was the house part where she explores the mansion and FINDS the spells herself.

  10. SortingHat says:

    The most expensive part of a movie is actually dealing with regulations and approvals. When there is a big NO it's a MILLIONS of dollars lost kinda of NO. The actual making the movie is just routine work which everyone knows (or should) know their job and dealing with any unusual situations that crop up when Screwy Louie comes.