The fourth book in the Narnia series looks like it’s finally moving forward with Joe Johnston to direct THE SILVER CHAIR!
After mediocre results from the past three Narnia films, it seemed that Hollywood wasn’t so sure about continuing on with the popular children’s written by C.S. Lewis. News was scarce as to what was actually happening, and fans were getting discouraged. But surprisingly enough, the announcement was made earlier that Joe Johnston, who directed Captain America: The First Avenger, has signed on to helm The Silver Chair.
TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.
“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”
While the previous three movies did decently in box office numbers, the reviews were mixed. But Johnston will be working with a new cast and pretty much almost all new characters, (Eustace Scrubb, played by Will Poulter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was a supporting character and will be one of the main protagonists for this film.)
In The Silver Chair, it is he and his friend Jill Pole who are sent to Narnia to locate and rescue the rightful prince – Caspian’s son – to the Narnian Throne.
No date has been set for The Silver Chair, which will be released under Tri-Star Pictures. The first two Narnia movies were distributed by Disney, while the third one was distributed by 20th Century Fox.