C.S. Lewis’s classic children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia, first hit the big screen with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe back in 2005. Other follow-ups from the iconic books have included 2008’s Prince Caspian and 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But after a six-year break, fans are finally getting a fourth installment, this time based on The Silver Chair.
Produced by a division of Sony — the third studio to touch the series — The Silver Chair will be adapted for the silver screen by David Magee, who was the screenwriter for the magical realist adaptation Life of Pi and the Peter Pan origin story Finding Neverland, Deadline reports.
The fourth of seven Narnia books, The Silver Chair was first published in 1953. It’s a dark tale, with much of the action taking place in underground tunnels with idiosyncratic talking creatures. Thanks to the odd relationship time has with the world of Narnia, the chronology is a little off: one character from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace Scrubb, returns as the protagonist for Chair, along with his schoolmate Jill Pole, while the titular prince from the previous book appears as an elderly king. However, the latest news suggests that this film will mark a “reboot” of the franchise, with an all-new cast.
One character you can be sure will return is the giant lion Aslan. Unlike child actors who grow up and move on, CGI is pretty timeless.