Some Ideas for Keeping Narnia Alive

Now that Walden Media has left the Narnia franchise, which is back in the hands of the C. S. Lewis Estate, new productions of “The Silver Chair” and “The Magician’s Nephew” have been put on hold indefinitely. The 2014 and 2015 release dates and “in development” statuses mean nothing. So what’s next for Narnia movie fans?

  • A London stage production of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is coming this May. The official website is here.
  • “The Lion Awakes,” a film about the friendship between C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien in the backdrop of World War II London, is coming in late 2013. The official website is here.

Now I’d like to share my own ideas for keeping Narnia alive. I ran some of them by those involved in marketing the Narnia films, as well as fellow Narnia news reporters. Two of these ideas go back to late 2010. But I haven’t received much positive feedback. So here goes!

(1) Narnia Tribute CD

I’d love to hear various cast members record a compilation CD, a musical tribute to the Narnia films. It can be a mix of instruments and voices, whatever each cast member is good at. I’m thinking of the following hit singles.

  • “Wunderkind” (Alanis Morissette) – LWW
  • “Can’t Take It In” (Imogen Heap) – LWW
  • “This is Home” (Switchfoot) – PC
  • “The Call” (Regina Spektor) – PC
  • “There’s a Place for Us” (Carrie Underwood) – VDT

Maybe the Narnia cast members can also record their own versions of favorite pieces from the movie soundtracks, composed by David Arnold and Harry Gregson-Williams. The proceeds can go to charity!

(2) BBC Narnia: 25-year Reunion

What if the main Narnia cast [Pevensies, Caspian, Tumnus, White Witch, Reepicheep, etc] from the BBC and Walden movies came together for a reunion: a two-hour TV special with interviews? The 25th anniversary of BBC’s “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is next year. That of “Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader” is in 2014, and “The Silver Chair” is in 2015. I’d love to hear the two main casts talk about one another’s performances. They could reminisce about the Narnia movies, promotion, songs, etc.

If there is a reunion next year for the 25th anniversary of BBC’s LWW, it could include both interviews and photo shoots – pairing the BBC and Walden characters, 25 years ago and today.

(3) A personal dream and wish: Skangie the band!

I don’t know  if this will ever happen, but why not? Skandar Keynes plays quite a few instruments, guitar among them. So does Georgie Henley. They also sing and write songs. You don’t believe me? Click here and here. So why shouldn’t Skandar and Georgie create a band? I’d love to see them on a stage someday, singing and playing their own songs. Wouldn’t you?

Images: Three Agree Films, BBC

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