'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair’ Movie Is Doomed, For Now

It’s been a very long time since the last Chronicles of Narnia movie, và to be honest, many of us have been hoping they would just let sleeping lions lie. But The Chronicles of Narnia Movie 4, The Silver Chair now won’t be happening at all… & the future is looking very confusing.

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The future of Narnia 4 is in serious doubt, as Netflix has acquired the rights lớn the book series. Netflix says they’ll create Narnia movies và TV shows (!!!) within this fantasy ‘universe’.


Wait, universe?

The press release was full of the word ‘universe’, which was then explained in April 2019 by an interview with producer Mark Gordon. Apparently, with the success of Game of Thrones, every streaming service out there was hungry for another fantasy book series khổng lồ adapt in multiple ways. Và Narnia fit the bill perfectly.

“The pitch was that we would be selling not just one movie or one book as a series. There were 3,000 characters in Narnia. So there was this very ripe opportunity.”


After the success of Netflix’s The Witcher, it’s clear that they were onto something. Narnia, with its rich universe và vast variety of stories, could be the perfect multi-season show or movie series to capture the masses.

While there hasn’t been a release date, casting news or any further information about what a Narnia show would entail, one can imagine that they might want to lớn reboot the story entirely. Và that might actually be a better idea than what we thought might happen.

This isn’t Mark Gordon’s first attempt at getting Narnia lớn screens again. His Silver Chair Narnia movie, detailed below, will probably be thrown out because of the Netflix acquisition. But this may mean that an adaptation of this book might one day debut on Netflix.


So, how did we get here?

Narnia Movies History

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The same dilemma that doomed Prince Caspian haunted Narnia movie 4: The Silver Chair’s production: filmmakers had lớn decide if they wanted lớn gear this story towards children, or towards an older audience.

While Narnia is known for being a family-friendly series, The Silver Chair is one of the darkest books, dealing with powerful themes of enslavement, brainwashing & oppression, và some particularly terrifying scenes. In a way, it poses as a transition between the more innocent days of the Pevensies & the upcoming Last Battle. It’s when C. S. Lewis’ themes of faith & loyalty become the most pointed.

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It’s hard to imagine how a The Silver Chair movie would bring in a new audience. A huge element in the story is a sense of disenfranchisement with what Narnia has come to. Eustace comes in expecting the magical land his cousin spoke to him about, the Narnians struggle with what the future holds, and Caspian literally dies.

In the books, these are potent themes when read in juxtaposition khổng lồ the stories before it — but for an audience that hasn’t experienced The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian or Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it might be hard khổng lồ understand why the characters are feeling what they’re feeling, và even make sense of the tragedy of Caspian’s family.

The Silver Chair was written lớn follow Voyage as closely as possible. After all, the book itself is phối only a few months after its predecessor. It has now been over a decade since Voyage, và no one particularly remembers Eustace Scrubb, or what he was like before Narnia changed him. It’s hard to see how the story’s power nguồn can hold after such a lengthy absence… và even more so if he wasn’t going lớn be portrayed by the same actor.

There is some interesting potential in Jill Pole, the main protagonist of The Silver Chair. It seems likely that a big name would be cast lớn portray her; one that can draw in an audience for a confusing film lượt thích this one, và somehow capture audiences in the same way the Pevensies did with the first few movies.

But Narnia is quality in that, while it follows a certain group of characters, those characters aren’t necessarily the main point of view of all the books. In the books, Jill loses her position as our point of view in The Last Battle, to King Tirian. While that could be changed for the sake of continuity, Jill has one of the least fascinating storylines out of all the Friends of Narnia, and it seems strange that the entire new franchise would be held up by her as a main character — one that is only present for two out of the seven books.


If this supposed “reboot” had continued, where would it have gone?

Confusing implications for the future

While it is true that Will Poulter, at 25, was probably too old lớn reprise his role as teenage Eustace Scrubb, the actors who played the Pevensie children were at the perfect age for The Last Battle, if it were made within the next few years. However, even if they were lớn bring in the old cast, it seemed unlikely that writers would go with the last book next; it’s possibly the most controversial one of the bunch, và not really viewer-friendly as a second movie.

Which made what they were trying to vì chưng incredibly confusing. Were they going to lớn start from The Silver Chair & then come up with spin-offs before finally reaching The Last Battle?

As fascinating as Narnia is, the best moment in its timeline for further adaptation is definitely the Golden Age of the Pevensies. Included in this period of time is The Horse & His Boy: another rather controversial book for its unfavorable representation of people of color, but which could be excellent if tackled by the right writers, và actually provide a much-needed chance for Middle-Eastern representation in fantasy. And it could include the now adult Pevensie actors.

All of this worry might be water under the bridge thanks to lớn Netflix’s acquisition of the franchise. This won’t be their first time taking books & adapting them for screen (See: Their complete adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events or Anne with an E). There’s certainly a lot of potential lớn this new show… but it’s bittersweet, when you think of what could have been.

Netflix will have to bởi vì a particularly spectacular job khổng lồ make us forget all these years of disillusionment!

Stay tuned for more information concerning Netflix’s The Chronicles of Narnia movies & TV shows. As the streamer announces news, we’ll be bringing it lớn you!

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