A new adaptation of “The Silver Chair,” based on the fourth novel in C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series, has been greenlit. The C. S. Lewis Company and The Mark Gordon Company will co-produce. Mark Gordon’s other credits include “Speed” (1994), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), “The Patriot” (2000), “The Day After Tomorrow” (2004), “Criminal Minds” (2005-), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-), “10,000 BC” (2008), and “2012” (2009).
The Lewis Estate’s seven-year moratorium on Narnia films without Walden Media is still in effect, so “The Silver Chair” cannot be released in theaters before 2018. However, pre-production (scripts, locations, storyboards, casting, etc) has begun. This process usually takes a few years.
Producer Mark Gordon, current President of the Producers’ Guild of America, recently spoke with ComingSoon.net. So did Douglas Gresham, Lewis’s stepson, and Vincent Sieber, Los Angeles-based director of the C. S. Lewis Company.
“Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’s beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia.” – Mark Gordon
“I have a great deal of respect for Mark Gordon’s work and am confident that together we can bring the beauty and magical delight that Narnia engenders in the hearts of those who read the books to the screen in ‘The Silver Chair.’ I am very much looking forward to diving once more into Narnia, this time with Mark Gordon and his team.” – Douglas Gresham
Could Will Poulter, who played Eustace in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), reprise his role in “The Silver Chair”? I don’t know. Will is currently 22 and has already aged in appearance. By the time filming begins, the producers may decide Will is too old for the role and look elsewhere.
Could Skandar Keynes (Edmund), Georgie Henley (Lucy), and Ben Barnes (Caspian) have cameos in this new film? Could a final script include Edmund and Lucy Pevensie and a young King Caspian? The latter is more likely, since he appears in the final chapter of Lewis’s book. When “The Silver Chair” begins casting, the producers may call on Ben. The chances of them calling on Skandar and Georgie, however, are much slimmer.
Some fans want Skandar and Georgie to have cameos in future Narnia films. Both actors are studying at Cambridge University. Skandar will graduate next summer, Georgie in 2016. They may then undertake graduate study, complete other films, or find new careers. I want what is best for “The Silver Chair,” as well as Skandar and Georgie. If the production writes in cameos for these actors and they’re willing, that’s fine. If not, that’s fine too.
In the meantime, I created a “Silver Chair” board on Pinterest (Georgie Henley Portal). It has book covers and quotes, Pauline Baynes illustrations, and production faces. I will update Pinterest with the latest news (cast, crew, storyboards, locations, etc) as it’s released.
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