After its last two outings disappointed at the box office, the "Chronicles of Narnia" franchise is forging ahead with another installment, with the fourth book in the series, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair" set for a big screen adaptation.
The Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Company will co-develop and co-produce the project, which according to Screen Crush "follows the characters of Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole as they're selected by the mighty lion Aslan to track down a missing prince." "Silver Chair" follows previous adaptations including 2005's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," 2008's "Prince Caspian," and 2010's "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
While "Lion" was a huge hit, "Prince Caspian" was a flop, and when the franchise moved from Disney to Fox for "Dawn Treader," it didn't fare much better. Screen Crush notes that it appears author Lewis's estate is prepared to see all seven books in the series adapted regardless of box office performance, though if Mark Gordon and the C.S. Lewis Company pair with an independent studio and make a smaller budget film, "Silver Chair" has the chance to turn a profit.
Despite the franchise's woes, filmmakers remained confident that "Silver Chair" would be a success.
"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."
[via Deadline h/t ScreenCrush]