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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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Is “Captain America: The First Avenger” the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? The correct answer is, of course, “for the first half, yes.” The introduction to Chris Evans’ WW2 super-soldier is an evocative, beautifully realized, rather charming, funny-without-being-quippy joy in its first half, and certainly the most emotionally potent of the Marvel films, before getting quite boring quite fast in its action-heavy second half.
Even so, it remains one of the better McU movies, so it’s a little puzzling that Joe Johnston, the film’s director — who was also behind films including “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “Jurassic Park III” and, uh, “The Wolfman” (though he only came on to that mess a month before shooting began, so don’t blame him too much) — didn’t get more credit for it.
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Author: Scott Davis
It looks like we are going to returning to Narnia very soon with news that a new film based on the works of C.S. Lewis is gearing up for production.The Mark Gordon Company, TriStar Pictures and eOne are setting up the film and have secured a director already in the form of Joe Johnston, the filmmakers behind such classic adventures as The Rocketeer, Jumanji and Captain America: The First Avenger. The new film, which will adapt The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, is the fourth in the film series but will act as a reboot for the series.
The Silver Chair is set decades after “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” and sees “Eustace Scrubb and his friend Jill Pole are brought to Narnia by Aslan to find the missing heir of a now elderly King Caspian. The missing Prince Rilian disappeared while on a quest »
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Stretching his “dangerous fantasy world contained inside a magical wooden box” muscles yet again, Jumanji director Joe Johnston has signed on for TriStar’s upcoming Narnia movie, The Silver Chair. Johnston—whose credits also include Jurassic Park III, The Rocketeer, and Captain America: The First Avenger—will be the first director to helm a film in this latest attempt to bring C.S. Lewis’ beloved religious allegories to the screen, picking up where Walden Media’s lavish Chronicles Of Narnia films left off.
The Silver Chair sees the unfortunately named Eustace Scrubb—last seen looking like Will Poulter in Walden’s Voyage Of The Dawn Treader—return to the fantasy kingdom with his friend Jill, in search of Narnia’s missing prince. Variety reports that Life Of Pi screenwriter David Magee will adapt Lewis’ timeless prose for the screen.
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Not unreasonably, Howard Hughes is a figure of fascination in cinema. From Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator to Terry O'Quinn in The Rocketeer, to characters who were inspired by him, like Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever or Howard Stark in the Marvel cinematic universe, the billionaire businessman's on-screen influence feels fitting for his early status as a movie tycoon.
Now, Warren Beatty directs, produces, writes and stars in Rules Don't Apply, whose convention-busting title reflects the way in which it runs counter to other cinematic treatments by putting the spotlight on two of Hughes' many employees. Set during the tumultuous years of 1958 to 1964, the film focuses on virginal Virginia beauty queen Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), an actress who's new to Hollywood, and Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), a chauffeur who drives her around. »
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