The Chronicles of Narnia movies, which are based on the books of author C.S. Lewis, never quite seemed to pop as a franchise like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, for example. The movies did well enough at the box office—the first and best movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, doing a massive $745 million worldwide, and its sequels, Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader scoring $419 million and $415 million, around double their budgets—but the latter two were not well-met critically and didn’t make much of an impact.
After Fox took over the franchise from Disney for the third movie and things didn’t go any better than the second, it felt like that might have been the last of the Chronicles of Narnia we would see. Not so fast. It’s being reported that a fourth movie in the franchise is indeed on the way, based on the book The Silver Chair.
A deal to make the movie was reached between The Mark Gordon Company and C.S. Lewis Company, who will develop and produce it. Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham will develop the screenplay along with Mark Gordon and C.S. Lewis Company director Vincent Sieber. It’s unclear whether they plan to use their own script or draft it and then hire someone to fine tune it.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is set 50 years after the events of Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Pevensie children are not part of the story, so an entirely new cast is expected for the fourth movie.
The @OfficialNarnia Twitter account posted about the film this morning, adding the following photo…