Narnia franchise may continue with “Magician’s Nephew”

By Sean O’Connell When the latest “Chronicles of Narnia” film, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” underperformed – and really, there’s no other way to put it – most of us assumed the franchise was dead. Or if not dead, at least put on the backburner for a long, long time so the studio could figure out how to revive it. But a report published this morning suggests that plans for a new “Narnia” are underway … and the series will go back to its beginnings.

Walden Media confirmed to The Christian Post that the fourth “Narnia” will be an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Magician’s Nephew.” Many fans on online message boards speculated that “The Silver Chair” would be the next film, if in fact a next film ever happened.

But don’t expect to see Aslan and the Pevensie kids on screen any time soon.

“We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about the ‘Magician’s Nephew’ being our next film,” said Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden Media. “If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years.”

The Post reports that it was international box office that helped “Dawn Treader” pass the $300 million mark after a very slow start in the U.S. The “Narnia” sequels have steadily declined at the box since the initial “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” It’s believed “Nephew” could take the series in a different direction.

The sixth book in Lewis’s seven-title series, “Nephew” is a prequel to “Lion” that documents the creation of Narnia.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • March 23, 2011 | Permalink |

    Just for clarification, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has actually made +$400 million, not $300 million. This brings its total quite close to that of Prince Caspian. However, Prince Caspian had a $225 million budget, while VDT’s budget was $155 million. So it has technically made more money than PC.

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