While The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise might not have the same box office clout as the Harry Potter series (the first three Potter films made a total of $2.65 billion at the global box office, while the first three Narnia films made $1.6 billion) or the same buzz as something like The Twilight Saga or The Hunger Games, the series based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved writings just keeps plodding right along. Frankly, we’re surprised that the series keeps making films, especially ones that have such comparatively long delays between their production, but we’re still pleased that Lewis’ work is worthy of the box office treatment.
Next up – a fourth film! Variety reports that Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee has signed on to write The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, a production that only came into (possible) being in October. Magee earned an Oscar nod for his work on Pi and is also known for his scripts for Finding Neverland and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
He also apparently loves his new material, telling the outlet: “I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it.”
The Silver Chair is the first Narnia book without any of the Pevensie children populating it, instead putting focus on their cousin Eustace and his friend Jill Pole. The pair are called to Narnia by Aslan, who sets them on a journey to find Prince Caspian’s long-missing son, Prince Rilian.
Despite pulling in over $1.6 billion at the global box office, the Narnia films haven’t been such a smash hit stateside, making about $547 million in America. But America be forgotten! These things have global appeal! Churn them out! (And, also, maybe hire some younger cast members.)
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