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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 3:31 pm 
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Last we heard about The Chronicles of Narnia was in June of last year when Life of Pi and Finding Neverland scribe David Magee sent out a tweet to his private Twitter account saying that he completed a first draft of The Silver Chair after spending more than a year working on the project. It was an unofficial update, but a welcome one for fans of a franchise that seemingly expired quietly without a trace. Today, I’m happy to bring an official update on the progress of the film via producer Mark Gordon, who says Narnia is not only very much still alive, it’s experiencing a bit of a rebirth.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:40 pm 
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I'm not putting any confidence in this until I see its in theaters. There are other movies I've paid attention to for years that never actually get made. Hope this one does though; Silver Chair is really the only book in the series I'd be excited to see as a film. It'd be nice to see the others become films, too, but if they didn't, I'd be okay with it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:20 pm 
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I thought it was rather sad this series didn't get finished on film. Glad to see it has another chance at finishing. Do they need the old family of brothers and sisters, though? Because they have grown up way too much now to be around the same age they were in the last movie.

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No, except for Eustace, the original characters aren't in this book. The Lady of the Green Kirtle should probably be played by Tilda Swinton. I can't remember right off, since I haven't read the book in a long time, but there is some line about how she might be the White Witch, Jadis, brought back to life somehow (though there's no confirmation of it). Either way, she's a Devil figure, and Swinton has been in every film so far.

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Oh. Ok. Interesting. Thank you.

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I hope this is "reboot" in the way Pirates 4 was and not the way the word is normally used. I see no reason why they need to recast at this point with maybe the exception of Eustace. The next time we'd see the Pevensies, they should be grown up.

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TriStar to Reboot The Chronicles of Narnia with The Silver Chair
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/754963-tristar-to-reboot-the-chronicles-of-narnia-with-the-silver-chair

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"The Chronicles of Narnia" will receive new life on screen as TriStar Pictures, the literary-focused label of Sony Pictures, has teamed with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One (eOne) to continue the Narnia story in theaters with "The Silver Chair". The picture will be financed by TriStar, eOne and The Mark Gordon Company with Sony and eOne distributing the picture.

The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company are jointly developing and producing the film, adapted by David Magee, the two-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Life of Pi" and "Finding Neverland". Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams serve as producers.

With the move, the franchise, which has taken in nearly $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office, receives a new creative team that will tackle the continuing story with a fresh approach to capture a broad global audience.


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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (EXCLUSIVE)
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/narni ... 202399920/


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Wow. I thought this franchise was buried and forgotten after the third film. But frankly I wasn't that impressed with the following Narnia films. They had their perks, but were otherwise inferior to their predecessor.


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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 1:55 am 
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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston Boards ‘Narnia’ Revival ‘The Silver Chair’ (EXCLUSIVE)
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/narni ... 202399920/


A solid choice. I'm excited!

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:09 pm 
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Joe Johnston made a video to answer fans' questions about the new film. The video has been taken down (I guess he probably said something he wasn't allowed to reveal yet), but you can still read the transcript here:

http://www.narniaweb.com/2017/05/joe-jo ... ver-chair/


I'm very happy they're continuing with the franchise, but I find it a bit sad that the actors from the first films are not going to return. I understand they have to recast Eustace, as he's too old now to reprise his role, and for this film it's not a big loss not having the rest of the original actors that appear in it, but if they do the next film, "The Horse and his Boy", it will be a real shame to not have the original cast.

I'm also surprised the director mentioned that this is the beginning of a new trilogy. Are they planning to adapt only three of the four remaining books or it's just a mistake by Joe Johnston?


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 11:10 am 
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I can’t remember—it’s been a while—but when Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy appear in The Horse and His Boy, aren’t they the adult 20-or-30-somethings they are right before tumbling out the wardrobe at the end of TLTW&TW? I hope they get the original actors back for that appearance, because by the time it gets made--IF it gets made--they'll be old enough for those parts.

That's the only thing I never really liked about TCoN. I wish the protagonists were generally the same from book to book, but most of them feel disconnected from one another.

Anyway, I think it might be for the best that they re-cast Eustace. I didn't mind the actor for him in Dawn Treader, but, I don't know, he seemed more suited for comedy than the serious moments.

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I'm also surprised the director mentioned that this is the beginning of a new trilogy. Are they planning to adapt only three of the four remaining books or it's just a mistake by Joe Johnston?
I wonder if they might end up skipping The Horse and His Boy actually, and do TSC-TMN-TFB as a trilogy? I like TH&HB, but I always felt it was the most unrelated to everything else out of the 7 books. Or maybe they would splice together TMN and TLB together so you see the beginning and end of Narnia in one film?

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I can’t remember—it’s been a while—but when Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy appear in The Horse and His Boy, aren’t they the adult 20-or-30-somethings they are right before tumbling out the wardrobe at the end of TLTW&TW? I hope they get the original actors back for that appearance, because by the time it gets made--IF it gets made--they'll be old enough for those parts.

Yes, the Pevensies are around that age in the book. I thought all the siblings were in it, but I looked it up on Wikipedia and Peter doesn't appear. I had forgotten that. While this story takes place, he was fighting giants in the north. Apart from the Pevensies, Tumnus also appears in the book.

As you said, the original actors would be perfect to play the characters now. I don't know, maybe the production companies would have to pay Disney or Walden Media for the rights of using their interpretations of the characters, and that's why they want to recast all the returning characters. But I think the film would be more successful if they brought the original actors back. I hope they realize that and change their minds about it.

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I wonder if they might end up skipping The Horse and His Boy actually, and do TSC-TMN-TFB as a trilogy? I like TH&HB, but I always felt it was the most unrelated to everything else out of the 7 books. Or maybe they would splice together TMN and TLB together so you see the beginning and end of Narnia in one film?

I hope they don't skip The Horse and His Boy because it's one of my favorite books from the series. I don't know if combining two of the books could work, but if they do that, I guess the combination you mentioned is the one that would make most sense.

The film I always thought that would be the most difficult to adapt is The Last Battle. From what I remember, it was more serious than the rest and didn't have many funny characters or scenes to provide relief from the action, so it would be harder to market. Aside from that, Calormen is a not very subtle equivalent of the Islamic countries and it's not depicted in a very positive light in the book. I imagine that could be a bit controversial. The Horse and His Boy also has that issue, but to a lesser degree. That said, I don't think it's the book they're not planning to adapt, because they wouldn't deprive the franchise of its ending chapter.


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The Silver Chair is About a Bullied Girl, Says TriStar President
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I think that's accurate. I remember reading the book and Eustace was a real jerk to her most of the book. Even Aslan was harsher to her than he usually seems to be with most characters (only thing worse was slashing that one character on the back in H&HB, but that was because of their actions caused another person to be whipped, from what I remember). I filed it away as C.S. Lewis’ own gender issues considering how Susan is left out of Heaven at the end of the series because she found lipstick. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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I asked someone about Susan finding lipstick and they told me it is a metaphor for her choosing the material earth instead of God and his kingdom which was known through more than just the lipstick reference. Apparently she stopped believing in her Narnia adventures, or in other words her time with God, too.

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The Silver Chair Screenwriter Talks Story and Themes | Talking Beasts
http://www.narniaweb.com/2017/08/the-si ... ng-beasts/

He doesn't give many details about the new movie, but I think it's an interesting interview.


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I remember reading the book and Eustace was a real jerk to her most of the book. Even Aslan was harsher to her than he usually seems to be with most characters

I also remember Aslan being harsher in this book, but I don't know if it was only to her or also to Eustace. Regarding Eustace being a jerk to her, I don't remember that, but I think I need to read the book again before the movie is released because I've forgotten a lot of things.


UPDATE: Transcript of the interview with David Magee


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