Aslan will roar on the big screen again.
The C.S. Lewis Company will partner with The Mark Gordon Company to jointly develop and produce a feature film adaptation of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.”
Plans for a big screen version of the fourth book in Lewis’ fantasy series were delayed after the third film in the series, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” made slightly less at the box office than its producers had hoped, grossing north of $400 million on a $155 million budget.
Compounding matters, Walden Media, which produced the first three films, underwent a major restructuring this year and laid off a big chunk of its employees after announcing it will concentrate on third party productions.
In Gordon, C.S. Lewis Company gets a veteran producer who has worked on such films as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Wonder Boys” and “Speed.”
“Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis’s beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia,” Gordon said in a statement. “These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia.”
Mark Gordon and Douglas Gresham along with Vincent Sieber, the L.A.- based director of The C.S. Lewis Company, will serve as producers and will work with The Mark Gordon Company on developing the script.
The first three Narnia films combined have grossed over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.