Why Narnia 4 is Taking Forever | Talking Beasts

UPDATE: This episode was recored several weeks months before it was announced that Netflix is developing Narnia content.

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There has been no news on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair movie since Director Joe Johnston said the plan was to begin prep sometime around July 2018. Well, it’s August now…

Will the movie ever get made? What’s the hold up?

In this season premiere episode, Rilian, Gymfan, and Glumpuddle discuss possible reasons for the delay and their feelings on the production at this uncertain stage.

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79 Responses

  1. Col. Klink says:

    It's sad that Narnia isn't popular enough for all the movies to get made. 🙁 It seems to be my destiny to be mainly interested in series that aren't particularly popular. I'm not really interested in Harry Potter. I'm not a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I'm not even a particular fan of Star Wars! Two of my favorite children's fantasy movies from modern times are The BFG and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which flopped. (At least I know The BFG did and I think Despereaux did.)

    Part of me would love to hear some promising Silver Chair news soon. But part of me would rather we didn't because then all the podcasts would be about that and I really enjoy the book related episodes. I was really into The Horse and his Boy analyses and I'd guess that other people were too based on the comments. I'd love to hear you guys do The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle. (Though I don't think Rilian and Glumpuddle love TMN as much as I do. I believe Glumpuddle ranks it as one of his least favorites. It's probably my favorite. Maybe I should be on the podcast. I could really raise the energy level for those episodes)

    If I were to pick a movie that evokes the feeling of Narnia for me, it wouldn't be something like Pan's Labyrinth. It would be Spirited Away (the English dub of it anyway) or the 2000 Arabian Nights miniseries. Or maybe, for the more atmospheric books like The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I would pick Fantasia/Fantasia 2000. (Well, some parts of them.)

    I was homeschooled too. Since I'm taking online college courses, I technically still am.

    I saw the Christopher Robin movie. It was good. The climax would have been better if it were less sappy but there were a lot of really funny lines. (Intentionally funny, I mean.)

    • Glumpuddle says:

      "I really enjoy the book related episodes."
      We'll keep that in mind!

      "I’d love to hear you guys do The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle. (Though I don’t think Rilian and Glumpuddle love TMN as much as I do."

      We'll get there! 🙂 MN has jumped around my list over the years. It started out very high initially, then dropped down, and more recently has come back up to my top 3. I think it's the most well-written overall in the series. At the end of the day, these are seven masterpieces, so it's hard to rank them of course. PC is at the bottom of my list, but I still couldn't stop gushing over it when we did our commentary episodes.

      I also love Spirited Away and Fantasia. I see what you're getting at!

      • Col. Klink says:

        I should probably clarify that I didn't think you (or Rilian or anybody) hate The Magician's Nephew. I just feel that the podcasts are the most fun when people are talking about the books about which they're most enthusiastic.

        I agree that all the Narnia books are great just to varying degrees.

    • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

      Slightly random but: Fellow homeschooler! High fives all round (and yes I actually HAVE churned butter and sewn my own clothes a few times)

      Also I never knew A Series of Unfortunate Events was considered a popular franchise, the only people who I knew liked them went to my co-op (where book report day consisted primarily of Narnia and Unfortunate Events with no Harry Potter because most parents at the time considered that a devil book or something)

      • Col. Klink says:

        I guess a popular book series would be a better description than a popular franchise. 🙂

  2. Cleander says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Glumpuddle! Actually next week will be my last countdown comment. But think positively! Before pre-production can even happen, other work must be done, and as you mentioned, that very well could be going on right now. Maybe in September! Patience!

  3. Fireberry says:

    No one see movies in theatres anymore. They really should just do "Silver Chair" as a Netflix original. They could stretch it out to 4 parts and be as "dark" as they want. (BTW, I recommend the "Green Gables" reboot on Netflix, "Anne with an E" which took that very strategy, to much acclaim & success.)

    • Col. Klink says:

      I'm sure a Netflix Narnia series could be great. But for selfish reasons, I'd rather they didn't make it. I can't afford Netflix and it would drive me crazy not being able to watch it.

      • Cleander says:

        They better not do a Netflix Narnia. They better not. It would be almost impossible for me and my family to see it, and Narnia wouldn't get as much publicity as it would if it were a movie, with posters and action figures and soundtrack CD's and world premieres and all that great attention-grabbing stuff. And somehow, even with all the speculation, I don't think it's all that likely that they will. I feel like some of us are worrying to soon; I'm gonna wait until October to start worrying ( if we really go until then without news.) If Joe Johnston is gonna retire after the Silver Chair is done, I think he'd much rather go out with a bang than a Netflix original. Maybe I'm wrong. But maybe I'm right. Profound, huh?

      • JFGII says:

        Narnia: a Netflix original movie – sounds pitiful. It's the last straw: Going the way of 'Mowgli'.

        It's sad to know that Douglas Gresham gave The Silver Chair to Sony right before Sony started having major inner trouble. It looks like Sony might be bought by Disney in the next few years – or file bankruptcy.

        It would be great if future Narnia films helped Sony to stay afloat financially, but execs would never take that risk when its safer to be bought than invest.

        Also, I'm dying for this new movie to be made.

        But I'd rather it was never made than for it to be a sh"t film.

      • Glumpuddle says:

        Col. Klink, the first month of Netflix is free. Pretty sure you could sign up, watch The Silver Chair as many times as you want, and then cancel at no charge.

        Also the currently monthly subscription is about $11. Which is about the price of one movie theater ticket. And you’d have access not only to The Silver Chair, but all the other content on Netflix.

        Most Netflix shows end up on DVD eventually too.

    • Aslan’s Roar says:

      I know this is going strongly off topic but I disagree with the assessment of new “Anne With An E”. I do not recommend. Far too adult and only loosely based on the Anne of Green Gables books. Very loosely. I would completely disagree with similar treatment of any Narnia books to movies.

      • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

        I agree, I couldn't get past episode two, but to each their own. Although I am a sucker for the 1985 version

    • I, unfortunately, agree with Aslan's Roar on the Netflix "Anne with an E" adaptation. I think that as far as book adaptations go, this attempt is pretty low on the spectrum. Not only does it completely miss the tone and atmosphere of the book, but it makes significant changes to several key characters. The dark and gritty simply doesn't work for all adaptations.

      That's not to say that Netflix couldn't pull off a good adaptation. They certainly could do a good version of the Silver Chair, and, to be completely honest, it would probably reach more people than a movie ever would.

  4. ChristianMan17 says:

    Funny how you think of a ‘Jumanji’ crossover with Narnia. Because fun fact: the guy who wrote Jumanji the book also did one of the Narnia book covers editions (the ones with Tumnuss walking in the snow and Rillian about to destroy the Silver Chair).
    I have been looking films that Sony r doing and still, they don’t have SC in there. 🙁
    I think what’s also going on is that Joe Johnston and Mark Gordon wanna b at the Premiere of ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ which will be coming out in theatres this November. They might talk about The Silver Chair movie while they’re at the red carpet, so let’s hope they will.

  5. MayaJ says:

    They raised some really good points as to what the reasons for the delay could be. Everything from trying to secure a good budget e.g. 100 million, not having the right things in place or being stuck and wondering where to go next.

    I thought for them to have a script completed by David Magee meant a huge milestone has been met because without a script, no film. I was also thinking about Sony not possibly liking the script? Could that be possible? Douglas clearly likes it as reported months ago so there must be a good reason for all this. If both Joe and Mark say absolutely nothing about SC at the Nutcracker premiere then everyone should be concerned. This film does need to be made because I’m going to be in it for sure. Yay.

    • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

      I see your script point but I think it is the budget negotiations which is unfortunate because out of all the Narnia books, this one would probably be the cheapest to produce. Like they could make Puddleglum a totally cgi character like the Black Order but I think make up and maybe a few prosthetics would achieve a realistic look. There are the owls and Aslan and giants which would probably all have to be cgi but there's no battle, no extremely strange setting (such as a cgi ocean) and frankly I don't know if they would HAVE to shoot New Zealand when they're gong to be trekking flat marshy areas most of the time.

      Compare that to LWW (snow, army of cgi creatures), DT (ocean), LB (lots of cgi animals and a battle), and MN (which would hopefully have a large budget because I want an amazing creation scene) and SC shouldn't need that large of a budget. If Sherlock Season 1 can be made with 8 million, A Quiet Place with 17 million, and Jurassic Park with 63 million (not adjusted for inflation), why does Silver Chair need a 100 million?

      • JFGII says:

        Well said! Why 100 million? Why not 99 million or less? Sadly, my own answer to that question is that the filmmakers are aiming not for 100 million, but 150-200 million, thinking it’s practically impossible to have a budget 100 million or less and make the movie look really good with movie stars (ex. Gravity 2013), which is silly, given that a movie with a budget of 150 million or more can look REALLY fake even with movie stars (ex. Tarzan 2016). Johnston said he wants to make the most cost-efficient way to tell the best possible version of The Silver Chair. Just stick to the book and make a 2 hour Film with strong characters and NO battle at the end!

      • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

        Honestly if they have a "too small" budget what if they totally cut marketing? I'm not saying it's a good idea but considering that marketing can take up to 30-50% of the production costs (or at least according to the websites I can find) would it make more sense to try to market by word of mouth or social media chatter? I doubt a general audience member is going to watch a football game, see a Narnia trailer, and be like "Man I gotta see that!" even if it is the coolest trailer with amazing CGI.

        With stars taking to the internet (and assuming they wanted to cast a few somewhat well known talent) most of the hype and trailers could be spread for free via twitter or Instagram (just look at Tom Holland for the Spiderman sequel) and if you wanted a name talent that had like a group a of fangirls or something following them, you could probably afford less ads in exchange for the star's free promotion?

      • I think that The Silver Chair will be a great film with an ideal production budget of 100 million. Think of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all of which were produced at 90-100 million dollars–they turned out great!

        Of course, inflation might be a factor that must be considered…

  6. Rick says:

    Glum is so right. They are looking for a Jill Eustace romance

  7. Faye Witt says:

    I think it would be a real shame if the fourth movie never got made I personally like the series I have the last three movies made, I had no idea there were books for a long time but of course why not it was that way with the Harry Potter series so why not the Narnia series I have never the Harry Potter books but my mom had as I have never read the Narnia books but anyway I hope this movie does end up getting made soon as well as the other films would like to be able to see them I have the entire Harry Potter series and would like to have the entire of this series as well.

  8. Liz says:

    Why does everything have to be romanticized? Susan/Caspian now possibly Jill/Eustace. There was no romantic link in the book and I am sick of the notion that boys and girls can't just have a jolly good friendship. The only romantic boy/girl friendship into romance was in Horse and his Boy where Lewis states "they got so used to arguing and making up that they got married so as to go on doing it more efficiently" which is hysterical. I guess Eustace and Jill do make a good couple if that is the qualification. But the point is, they weren't, and it is really annoying when movies just can't leave that aspect out of even a kid's friendship, as if the story isn't exciting unless there's some sort of love interest.

    • Fireberry says:

      We don't really have evidence that anyone is pushing for a Jill/Eustace romance, do we? Gresham would surely fight it to the last (as he should!) … Anyway, those two were never really a 'warm' duo, just tentative-accidental friends (My theory? Jill might be LGBTQ!):)

      • Jillian says:

        I don’t think Gresham or Lewis would be for a LGBT etc Narnia character. It’s too radically different from the source material.

      • Mscottster says:

        No. No. No. No. No. No. Never. Jill is not a LGBTQAZDAFSDLK anything. These are children's book man written by an atheist turned Christian theologian. Haha never.

      • JFGII says:

        Don’t make fun of LGBTQ. Come on.

        You guys want to go for representation? Make Jill a female aspie! Rare, yes, but still: Kids with Aspurger’s syndrome, historically, have been bullied by peers and less cared for by teachers than the majority of functioning kids.

        Could explain why Jill is stubborn and doesn’t trust anyone yet seems to want friends.

    • Col. Klink says:

      That was just a joke/speculation. Even in the context of a joke/speculation, it was something that the producers might want but to which the C.S. Lewis Estate is not agreeing. 🙂

    • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

      I agree whole heartedly. I'm somewhat sick of half baked romantic sub plots. Although they are occasionally done well, it's usually after the characters progress as allies to friends to possible love interests. Even if they set up a solid friendship in Silver Chair with the intention of solid, healthy romance in Last Battle I still wouldn't want it because I don't like tween/teen romances, fictional or otherwise.

      • I3arana says:

        "don’t make fun of LGBTQ. Come on."
        Yes call it what we do in Australia, Perversion.It has no place in any movie, let alone a children's book.
        And in case you want to attack me, my best mate, a kliensfelter says exactly the same thing.

    • ChristianMan17 says:

      Absolutely No! That’s one of the things I don’t want to see in this movie.
      I’m hoping that they don’t do that!
      If they can’t add a Jill and Eustace romance In SC, they’ll probably add it in LB, if it ever gets made.

  9. Jillian says:

    What do you guys think of a Narnia musical? As for non-Narnia related topics: What is your most possession?

  10. Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

    You guys are baaaack!!!
    On the topic of the release date I think Jumanji 2 might actually get bumped to a later date as Dwayne Johnson stars in (the Disney produced) Jungle Cruise movie about a month earlier I think, which would maybe make a nice opening for SC?

    Incidentally I enjoyed your new segment (Ramblings of some random Narnians? Heck yeah please!) Would a topic idea be what other books you've enjoyed as much as Narnia (is that even possible?)

    Also would you ever consider a livestream as a Q&A type thing?

  11. The Rose-Tree Dryad says:

    It's too soon to say, but if The Silver Chair keeps getting delayed, I find myself wondering if we won't just end up seeing a reboot of the whole series — especially given how much Hollywood likes reboots and remakes. In the spring of last year, TriStar's president Hannah Minghella said that she didn't think that the world was asking for a remake of LWW at this point in time… but as the radio silence continues and the years go by, I wonder if a LWW remake wouldn't have an easier time getting greenlit. Or even MN, starting the series over in chronological order.

    I would be surprised if the Lewis Estate would be interested in doing that after investing so much time and money into getting SC made next, though — unless they thought rebooting the whole series was the only way to eventually get their vision for SC out of development hell!

    • Glumpuddle says:

      You raise a really interesting question about LWW. At what point would a remake of LWW seem like a safer bet than doing one of the unmade books?

      I think if SC production completely fizzles out in the next few years (Joe Johnston let go, Magee script starts collecting dust)… They'll probably start trying to develop The Magician's Nephew. It's a much more popular book than SC, and has the prequel connection to LWW.

      If they are thinking soft reboot, MN makes a lot more sense than SC.

    • narnia fan 7 says:

      I've been wonder about that too. I'd still like to see Silver Chair get made. But if I'm being honest, the idea of starting the whole series over again from the beginning really intrigues me.

      • Glumpuddle says:

        A fresh start often sounds appealing. But when something is rebooted, they usually go out of there way to make the new version as distinct as possible from the original. Which makes sense.

        I don't think LWW was great,, but it wasn't fundamentally way off either. If a new version had a priority of being as distinct as possible from the Walden LWW… I'd be concerned. Very likely, for example, it would be set in present day. Maybe even in the United States.

      • Frodo Lives says:

        Mind if I join you?
        What about a 2-D animated film series, not specifically "family" but aimed at a gentle audience – similar in tone to "Song of the Sea" or even "Spirited Away"? I saw both films a year ago and they are both fantastic. Truly visionary and stylized, with surprising atmospheric touches. I know that English-language cartoons don't have a track record on great adaptations, but it would truly stun the world if the right filmmaker(s) could make the Narnia series and do it justice – to the point where people no longer say "Animation is for Disney" but instead say "there's 3 types of animation: Disney, Studio Ghibli and Narnia"(!!!)

      • Glumpuddle says:

        Frodo, if the studio that created Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner got the rights to Narnia… I would die of excitement.

      • narnia fan 7 says:

        I've never really been a fan of the idea of animated Narnia films. Though I'll readily admit that has more to do with my own personal preference them anything else.

        In general I prefer live action over animation. And with Narnia half the fun of seeing a film adaptations is, at least for me, seeing the story come to life and become real in a way you can't really do with animation.

        But with that said, if someone did make an animated and it was a great film and a faithful adaptation, I wouldn't complain.

  12. Anfinwen says:

    Another possible reason for delay could be the availability of actors, locations, or other personnel that they really have their heart set on. I don’t think Millie Bobby Brown is the right age anymore, but suppose they had their hearts set on a star cast and just can’t get them all together? I’m still optimistic SC will be made, but I do think it isn’t likely to begin filming for quite some time still; possibly not til late next year as that’s the best season for filming in NZ.

  13. Rick says:

    I agree. Millie is now too old and is trolled a lot online. Also if they can't make it well I'd rather they didn't do it at all.. #follow the book.

    • Frodo Lives says:

      The filmmakers could pull a Judy Garland and cast a 14-16 year old actress to a 10-12 year old girl. Theatrical yes, but it could work. I think the Narnia movies have more in common with The Wizard of Oz than more modern fantasy films. No, Aslan would not be played by a man in a suit ;p

  14. Thanks so much for the podcast featuring your opinions on the upcoming Silver Chair film! I was really excited for its release, which was followed by worry that it wouldn't come out at all due to all the silence from everyone involved in the production. Your podcast gave me a new take on the whole thing, however, and I'm feeling a bit more optimistic now, thank you!

    Ooh, will you please talk about LotR or Tolkien as a random subject at the end of a podcast??

  15. narnia fan 7 says:

    I like the new Something Else segment. It's interesting to hear more about you guys.

    I'm still hoping for Silver Chair to get made, though my conference in that actually happening with this group of filmmakers is at it's lowest point.

    And about the 'humor ' thing, I think it's worth noting that Douglas Gresham is the one who mentioned it, so take from that what you will.

  16. Fireberry says:

    The mass-marketing problem with "Silver Chair" is that it's NOT Aslan's or LWW's Narnia. There are no touchstones to appease the LWW-only punters. No sparkling snowy forests, no Mr Tumnus, no glorious green meadows, no Pevensies. It's the only Narnia book where Aslan does NOT actually appear IN Narnia. It's a grey, chilly, soggy. lonely, "November" sort of adventure — and that's BEFORE the action moves underground! If I were Gresham, I'd stand firm on fidelity to the book, but scale back on big-screen ambition. Go Netflix, Mr Gresham! Or BBC: take it to the "Dr Who" people! I think Jack would approve.

    • Christopher says:

      Heh, heh… just wait till we hear the official announcement that THE LAST BATTLE has been split into 2 parts. That'd sure account for THE SILVER CHAIR starting a new "trilogy"…

  17. Jillian says:

    Reply to JFGII:
    I would not be opposed to Jill having Aspergers. I’d also be open to her having a mental disability. They too are underrepresented in films. Perhaps Schizophrenia or Bipolar, that would make sense for Jill. But I don’t want them to make a big deal about it and focus more on her disability then the story or her character.

    • Col. Klink says:

      I actually have Asperger's syndrome. But I'm not a fan of making Jill have that condition. It really wouldn't add anything except having her say "I have Asperger's" and possibly having to explain what that means.

      • JFGII says:

        Col. Klink, you’re probably right: it’s better to interpret it than be told. But given Aspergers wasn’t “coined” until 1944, it was regarded as mental retardation or psychopathy…

        …kids (Jill, Eustace?) with that condition, besides being unpopular, would have been mercilessly bullied with no justice. No Aslan and Caspian, that is…

        On 2nd thought, I now feel that Eustace is the more likely candidate for aspergers – Douglas Gresham told Glumpuddle that Eustace, before his “un-dragoning”, was the epitome of his schizophrenic brother.

        At the beginning of VotDT he has no friends and is ok with that. By the end, he genuinely wants to share friendships, despite his awkwardness and blunt socializing. He’s a good kid, by the end.

        That’s my rant. Closed. 🙂

    • JFGII says:

      I only mentioned aspurgers because I was diagnosed as a child – though maybe that has changed.
      If – God forbid – I were directing The Silver Chair, that would be my way into Jill’s character: She’s not a special kid – just dealing with normal woes in a more intense way than most kids.
      And she’s alone. At least, she feels alone.
      (Eustace is relatively normal, I think, just more introverted and nerdy, while Jill is more of an outdoors woman.)

      Glumpuddle talked about relating to Jill because he’s had difficulty trusting people after being hurt by them. That’s good to know, but I feel you need a personal reason for that lack of trust.
      Is Glumpuddle an aspie. I don’t think so. Just home schooled. 😀 Forgive me.

    • Fireberry says:

      Oh dear, did I start this? Sorry! But I do think that Jill should have something about her that might make her a bully target, and YES, don't play up specifics, because specifics are not the point! But a (subtle) choice should be made about 'who' Jill is, and it should play into the depression that seems to trouble Jill through the whole story. And yes of course, Aslan is the Light.

      • JFGII says:

        Maybe, JILL could be of Asian-English decent and gets bullied by racists because of the Japanese Empire. IDK. Might work. Might not. Sorry. 🙂

      • Keeper of Lantern Waste says:

        I personally don't like the idea of her ethnicity being changed so the bullies have a reason to harass her. Some people just like the superior feeling and don't need reasons as obvious as appearance to make people miserable, and it sounded that the leaders of the bullies were in this category. (Incidentally I'm Asian in background and have never really gotten treated differently because of this, but I suppose it was a different age.)

        I am also a fan of her look in the original illustrations, so I may be bias.

  18. Cleander says:

    MAYBE, MAYBE, MAYBE less than 4 days until we get some Silver Chair news! There. That was my last countdown comment. (Though others are welcome to continue with the dailies until the end of August.) Thanks to everybody who liked and supported the countdown (Special thanks to JFGII and Glumpuddle.) A closing thought or two:
    I hear a lot of Narniawebbers saying things like "The Silver Chair is gonna get pushed to Netflix." or "It's been buried and forgotten about." or "It's never gonna get made!" I just want to point out that (1) We're only late for news based on when Joe Johnston HOPED to start prepping. That was never official. Nothing's really 'overdue.' No promises have been broken. In the business world, things don't always go exactly as planned. And we're only a month or two "late". Now is not the time to tear our hair.
    (2). Things have to be done before pre-production can begin. From what Glumpuddle mentioned about Joe Johnston hiring an art director, it sounds like things probably are going on right now. We still have several months to go before December, when Joe Johnston HOPED to start filming.
    To sum it all up, I'm not worrying, and neither should you. People who say that the Silver Chair will get shelved or Netflixed may very well turn out to be right in the end, but right now, there's no reason to think so. It's my firm belief that Aslan, Douglas Gresham, and Joe Johnston are "on the move". Just have patience. Think like a badger. Wait until October to start worrying.
    P.S. It's good to see there are other homeschoolers on Narniaweb! (But then, why am I surprised?)

    • Cleander says:

      BTW I would LOVE to see another BBC Narnia!! Can you imagine modern film technology combined with their trademark faithfulness to the books they adapt?! That could be the best Narnia version yet!

      • Larry W. says:

        It would be great if they could use the scripts from the original BBC Narnia and expand them to include all seven books, and Prince Caspian should be lengthened to at least two or three hours. Or at least if something like this could be done with the making of a new television series. And yes, I agree with you in that the new technology would really improve the programs and make them more attractive to the viewers. 🙂

      • JFGII says:

        BBC Narnia: 7 seasons for 7 books
        Episode = 1 chapter 😉 😀

      • JFG says:

        2nd to that 🙂

  19. Cleander says:

    Your Twitter said the site was down???? Did you just now fix it?

    • Glumpuddle says:

      Yep, it was down for a few hours. During that time, I resolved to live like a NarniaWebber even if there wasn't any NarniaWeb.

  20. JFGII says:

    Apoligies to all who dislike these countdown posts,
    but…30 days until ———
    just kidding.

    Seriously, it’s September and this is ridiculous. No word at all in the first 8 months of 2018.
    Seriously, Sony. Stop your boardroom brawls and Get your act together! It’s just a movie – and one likely to make money regardless of the budget.

    On a nostalgic note, I remember way back in 2010 when ‘Voyage’ was released (and I was still a kid), 17-year-old Will Poulter was expected play Eustace again in The Silver Chair.
    You know who I thought would make a terrific Jill Pole? 16-year-old Irish lass, Saoirse Ronan.

    Aw, those were the days.

  21. JFGII says:

    30 days until ——— just kidding. Apologies to all who get annoyed by countdown posts.

    Seriously, it’s September. We’ve heard nada in the first 8 months of 2018. No news on the Narnia movie. Seriously, Sony: You wanted to do this movie. Stop your petty boardroom brawling and Get Your Act Together! It’s just a movie with a budget like any other, and one that will likely make money. Douglas Gresham gets final say on the script. What’s the big hoopla?

    On a nostalgic note: Way back in 2010, 17-year-old Will Poulter was expected to reprise his role as Eustace Scrubb in The Silver Chair. You know which actress I thought would make a terrific Jill Pole? 16-year-old Irish lass, Saoirse Ronan.

    Aw, those were the days.

    • Frodo Lives says:

      JFGII, you don't have to post both drafts of your post online. Just trying to be helpful.

      P.S. I agree on one thing: A 16-year-old Saoirse Ronan as JILL POLE??? 🙂 😀 That would have been cool.

    • Cleander says:

      Yeah, I realize it's Septmeber… that's why I stopped the countdown on my end. ( See the big post I did before for more details.)

  22. Frodo Lives says:

    Definetly could be…

  23. Cleander says:

    Don't when you guys are continuing the HHB commentary, but tomorrow is the 64th anniversary of the original printing of "The Horse and His Boy". (Friday, interestingly enough, is the 65th anniversary for "The Silver Chair".)
    P.S.: why the sudden comment silence?

  24. The Lantern Waster says:

    Hey what's with the comments?

  25. I3arana says:

    Re NZ and 'just marsh' no, you are forgetting the giant castle of Harfang in the mountains high up near the western wastes, the snow and falling into the writing. All perfect for NZ.
    Re aspergers I've been gifted with it, and both Eustace and Jill do very much have some strong traits… Eg BBC DT was A typical " take me to the British consul" " I don't want spiced wine!" And ' I want rowntrees vitamin water'
    All look very aspie and also he Exhibits aspie hallmarks of being changed by Aslan eg pole noting Eustace has been changed from fighting his own battles for his own worlds parameters to fighting the battles of others -protecting pole from the bloods-
    Probably wouldn't make for an improvement in storyline, but mirrors my experience of ASD, for sure

  26. Cleander says:

    Just checking to see if the comments are working.

  27. Andy Harrelson says:

    I really hope that production actually starts later this year. I've enjoyed the previous 3 Narnia movies, and if all goes well with this movie, we can finally have all 7 movies adapted! Besides, the other Narnia movies got generally good reception, so I have good faith that this one will too. I personally won't have any problem if this turns out to be a big budget movie, as long as it's done tastefully. I don't want this movie to end up being one of those things they announce and leave it hanging like "The Adventures of Thomas" (a movie about Thomas the Tank Engine in WW2). Anyway, this was an enjoyable podcast as always, and I look forward to catching up! Cheers!

  28. Hey, folks! Great to hear you all doing podcasts again. I missed you all! And it was a terrific discussion as always.

    One thing that didn't get mentioned, but which I think is important, is "Nutcracker and the Four Realms." When Disney lost the director for that movie, they called in Joe Johntson as an emergency replacement. I expect that it's taken up a lot of Johntson's time. That film is scheduled to be released in November, at which point Johntson may rest up for the holidays before working on anything else.

    If we start to hear rumblings early next year about production on "Silver Chair" moving forward, then everything is probably fine, and "Nutcracker" was the only reason for delay. If we continue to hear nothing after a few months into next year, then I'll suspect that the problems run deeper.

    Anyway, keep up the great work! And please keep doing movie production news and analysis. The book-related episodes are fine, but I'm glad there's one place where I can point people for accurate, balanced reporting on the production (such as when the word "reboot" was being thrown around). Thanks as always! 🙂