After the latest film opened six years ago to the worst box office numbers and worst reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia series, a franchise re-boot doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea. Rumor had it back in 2011 that Walden Media had an adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew in the works, but nothing ever came to fruition. 2013 brought us news via press release that The Silver Chair would be next up for film treatment, but there had been no news of any progress since- until now. Producer Mike Gordon spoke to Collider about the reboot; specifically what to (and what NOT to) expect.The first title in the series: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, featured some notable names in Hollywood, as well as introducing us to some newcomers. Skander Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell and Georgie Henley starred as the Pevensie children: Edmund, Peter, Susan and Lucy. James McAvoy played Mr. Tumnus, Tilda Swinton played the White Witch, and Liam Neeson provided the voice for Aslan the lion. The following installments brought us the talents of Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, and Will Poulter as cousin Eustace. Unfortunately, Gordon explained to Collider that none of these characters will be re-appearing.
“No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
This doesn’t mean original in the sense that these characters were created solely for the movie, just that the story line for The Silver Chair will feature characters from Narnia that haven’t been utilized as of yet.
If the script is to stay true to its namesake book in C.S. Lewis‘ classic series, this may prove easier said than done. The original story centers around King Caspian, older now, trying to find his son and sole heir, Prince Rillian, with the help of Aslan. Aslan also brings Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole along, so only time will tell how these overlaps will be navigated.
Fantasy franchises were the big thing back when the first installment of the Narnia movies came out, but Gordon doesn’t seem worried about the changing times at all:
“We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it.”
Do you think this franchise still has some fight left in it? Will a reboot be a refreshing new start, or just continue an ongoing struggle?