Believe it or not, it’s been a whole six years since Voyage of the Dawn Treader came to theaters. Having seen three movies handled by two different studios so far, the fourth film in the series, The Silver Chair, will be handled by Tri Star. Movies one and two were the work of Disney, who handed the reins off to Fox after seeing profits that fell short of blockbuster levels. David McGee, who worked on The Life of Pi, will also be involved in Narnia’s production. Silver Chair will see the return of the Pevensie clan’s cousin Eustace, along with his schoolmate Jill. Acting talent for the movie has not yet been revealed.
The Silver Chair finds the protagonists returning to Narnia in order to locate the exiled son of Prince Caspian and aid his return to power. This cements the movie as a continuation of Eustace’s character introduction from Dawn Treader, bringing him to the front as the Pevensies bow out of the limelight. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, although it was the first movie and first book released, is argued by some fans to come second in the Narnia chronology, after Magician’s Nephew and before The Horse and His Boy. The order of the other books is not disputed.
Whatever the case may be, Narnia‘s destiny on the silver screen may be hinging on Tri Star. With such a large gap in production and after being passed around so much, the question now is whether the new studio can help the series find a constant stride. A flop at this point is unlikely to result in The Silver Chair being the last Narnia movie, but it will certainly determine if Tri Star keeps hold of the franchise or hands it off once again, and which studio will be willing to pick it up.
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