'Narnia': Walden, Fox in discussions on 'The Magician's Nephew'
EW has confirmed that the next edition in The Chronicles of Narnia film series will be The Magician’s Nephew — if there is another edition, that is. “We are currently discussing with both Fox and the C.S. Lewis Estate whether we will make another Narnia film,” a rep for Walden Media tells EW. Although the rep stresses “nothing is official yet,” should a new Narnia film get the greenlight, the rep says “it will be Magician’s Nephew.”
The statement echoes an interview Michael Flaherty, co-founder and president of Walden, gave to The Christian Post on Tuesday. “If we can all agree to move forward,” Flaherty said, “then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years.” When reached by EW, Fox declined to comment.
In a November interview with NarniaFans.com, Michael Apted, director of last year’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, had speculated that The Silver Chair would be Narnia‘s next film adaptation. Besides Dawn Treader, the Narnia books that have been adapted to film are The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).
The Magician’s Nephew was the sixth Narnia adventure C.S. Lewis penned in his seven-part fantasy-adventure series, but its story is chronologically first. (The Silver Chair, the fourth book in the series, falls sixth chronologically.) Set in 1900 London, The Magician’s Nephew follows kids Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer as they’re transported to the newly-created world of Narnia, courtesy of some magical rings procured by Digory’s eccentric Uncle Andrew. The book is also the first canonical appearance of Jadis (a.k.a. The White Witch, the main antagonist in Wardrobe) and Aslan, Narnia’s lion ruler.