The Chronicles of Narnia oddly enough is a franchise of films that I have really enjoyed. The first film more than the sequels that followed, but still they were all entertaining in their own right. The franchise started out at Disney then as the profits began to drop they let Fox take the reins. After they saw no major profits, they too dropped franchise. Now it looks as if Sony is ready to restart the franchise with a brand new look.
Sony has tasked Joe Johnston, director of Jumanji, The Rocketeer, and MCU staple Captain America: The First Avenger to bring the story back to life. Mark Gordon is set to produce alongside Narnia writer C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, as well as Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams. Speaking with Variety, Gordon said about Johnston taking the directors duties:
Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces, Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.
Johnston brings us an adaption of the fourth novel in the series, The Silver Chair, which will stand as a reboot of the classic franchise. The story, whose script treatment has been penned by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, follows the first three books’ family of protagonists, the Pevensie’s, cousin Eustace Stubb and his classmate Jill Pole as they set out to rescue Prince Rillian, son of the now wizened King Caspian. C.S. Lewis’ books have been adapted numerous times in many diffrent froms. From animated, to television, to the big screen. Now Sony looks to create the definitive franchise, and they are placing a very strong team in a position to do so.