Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Walden Media has confirmed in an interview with The Christian Post that the fourth Narnia film will be "The Magician's Nephew," not "The Silver Chair" as originally speculated by many fans.
"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," said Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden Media.
The Magician's Nephew is the sixth book in the seven-title children's book series by C.S. Lewis. The story, a prequel to the popular The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book, is about the creation of the magical land of Narnia and how evil entered into the newly formed land. The tale also follows Professor Kirke from the "Wardrobe" as a young boy (Digory) and his introduction to Narnia with his friend Polly, through a magical ring given to him by his evil Uncle Andrew, a magician.
Flaherty called The Magician's Nephew his favorite book after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
"I love the Magician's Nephew because it's a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from," he said.
The Silver Chair would have seen the return of Eustace, played by Will Poulter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader but the Magician's Nephew prequel is set before the Pevensie children's time and will require a new young cast to play Digory and Polly.