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After announcing last year that the Chronicles of Narnia franchise will be "restarted" with the new movie The Silver Chair, the producers have finally found their director. Joe Johnston has signed on to direct this fantasy adventure, marking his first movie since the 2014 thriller Not Safe For Work. No cast members have been set at this time, but this story will feature characters from the original C.S. Lewis novels, who haven't been featured in any of the previous movies.
Variety broke the news today, which comes eight months after producer Mark Gordon joined forces with Sony's TriStar Pictures, eOne and The C.S. Lewis Company for this restart. David Magee came aboard to write the screenplay in 2013, although the studios haven't set a release date or a production start date at this time quite yet. Here's what producer Mark Gordon had to say about bringing Joe Johnston in to direct The Silver Chair. »
Get ready to jump back in the wardrobe and get transported to the magical world of Narnia! Lions, Witches, Princes, Silver chairs, and now, a new director.
The Chronicles of Narnia oddly enough is a franchise of films that I have really enjoyed. The first film more than the sequels that followed, but still they were all entertaining in their own right. The franchise started out at Disney then as the profits began to drop they let Fox take the reins. After they saw no major profits, they too dropped franchise. Now it looks as if Sony is ready to restart the franchise with a brand new look.
Sony has tasked Joe Johnston, director of Jumanji, The Rocketeer, and McU staple Captain America: The First Avenger to bring the story back to life. Mark Gordon is set to produce alongside Narnia writer C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, as well as Vincent Sieber, »
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It seems The Chronicles of Narnia fans will soon be heading back through the wardrobe. Variety has revealed that Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston is set to direct a revival of the Narnia film franchise with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.
Life of Pi‘s screenwriter David Magee has adapted the script with TriStar Pictures, the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company and Entertainment One partnering on the project and Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams producing the film.
The fourth book published in the Narnia franchise, The Silver Chair is about the Pevensie’s cousin Eustace Scrubb, who is called to Narnia by Aslan to save Prince Rilian, the kidnapped child of Prince Caspian.
“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said of Johnston’s hiring. »
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If The Chronicles of Narnia doesn’t exactly ring a bell, we don’t blame you. Though C.S. Lewis’ novels were hugely popular back when they were published – which was in the 1950s – the feature film adaptations haven’t exactly had the same luck. 2005-2010 saw three movies based on the fantasy world hit theatres in the form of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. While none of them were particularly bad, the quality, and box office returns, certainly dipped as the franchise went on and the plug was eventually pulled after the third outing.
That was seven years ago, but now, there seems to be some renewed interest in the series, as Sony is looking to bring Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair to the big screen, and they’ve hired Captain America: The First Avenger helmer Joe Johnston »
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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.”
The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn »
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