March 22, 2011


The Chronicles of Narnia haven’t quite provided the Harry Potter-sized hits studios were hoping for, but the movies have consistently done enough business to sustain a conversation about the continuation of the series.  The third film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, earned a moderately disappointing $104 million at the domestic box office, but rang up an additional $300 million internationally.  So 20th Century Fox and Walden Media are discussing the possibility of another movie — however, their book choice may surprise you.  Co-founder and president of Walden Michael Flaherty spoke about next adapting The Magician’s Nephew, the sixth book in C.S. Lewis’ fantasy series:

“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.  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.”

Read more of what he had to say, plus a synopsis of the book, after the break.

The film series has so far followed the same release pattern of the books, but the  Chronicles jump around in time.  In fact, The Magician’s Nephew is chronologically first: the book tells of how Aslan first created Narnia.  Flaherty speaks to this as a selling point in an interview with The Christian Post [via Coming Soon]:

“I love The Magician’s Nephew because it’s a great origin story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from.”

the-magicians-nephew-book-coverThe fourth book in the series, The Silver Chair, is also the first that doesn’t feature any of the Pevensie children that anchor the prior three films.  As long as you’re losing the non-lion faces that go on the poster, it makes sense to turn to the prequel that delves into the revered.  (The Magician’s Nephew is reportedly the second-most popular book after The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.)

It’s clear from Flaherty’s language that it’s not a done deal, but I don’t imagine Walden will let this property go without a fight.  Here’s the synopsis for The Magician’s Nephew:

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia. [Amazon]

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