Walden Media Honcho Says 'The Magician's Nephew' Will Be Next 'Chronicles Of Narnia' Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 23, 2011 2:42 AM
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Hold On C.S. Lewis Fans, No Deal Yet In Place To Make The Movie



While none of the sequels have yet to match the $745 million haul of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," the team behind the "The Chronicles Of Narnia" films can't be feeling too badly. "Prince Caspian" and "Dawn Treader" each brought home over $400 million in ticket sales which isn't too shabby (though the former cost a staggering $255 million to make so no surprise the budget for the third installment was slashed considerably). So, all this to say there are still fans out there and while there is nothing yet in place for film number four, Walden Media head Michael Flaherty reveals the choice for the next entry may surprise some fans.

"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," Flaherty told The Christian Post (via ComingSoon). "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."

While "The Silver Chair" seems like the next logical step, "The Magician's Nephew" is essentially a prequel about how Narnia came to be, which would allow the filmmakers to go back to the roots of the story. But fans will have to wait.

As Flaherty notes, no deal is in place to make the film so it's still a couple of years off at earliest. However, if they can do this for same or less the cost of 'Dawn Treader' we don't see why it wouldn't happen. The books are beloved, there is still a huge fanbase and 'Magician's Nephew' gives everyone involved a chance to start everything from a fresh perspective. We just hope they don't cheap out on the visual effects again like they did with 'Dawn Treader.' And as the series always has seemed to play second fiddle to the "Lord Of The Rings" franchise, it will face some serious competition from the onslaught of "The Hobbit" in the next few years so we'll have to see how this plays out.

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3 Comments

  • PM | March 23, 2011 10:19 AMReply

    However, I need to add that this decision is obviously an attempt to keep the franchise alive. The White Witch returns (before she's the White Witch), so they obviously want to keep Tilda Swinton active. Her appearance in Dawn Treader was a similar ploy.

    The Silver Chair is a great book - it would make more sense to do this film next.

  • PM | March 23, 2011 10:17 AMReply

    Magician's Nephew has always been my favourite after TLTWTW. It's got some pretty dark parts and some great characters.

  • Kim | March 23, 2011 7:58 AMReply

    I always liked Lewis's series more than the Toliken series. So hopefully the next movie gets made.

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