Captain America Director Joe Johnston Heading to Narnia
It’s been several years since Aslan has called for assistance in the world of Narnia, but it looks like we’ll be off on another adventure soon. Last year producer Mark Gordon announced that The Silver Chair would be coming to silver screens in the near future. The script was written by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee. Now it looks like it’s found its director in Joe Johnston.
Variety quoted Gordon as saying that Johnston is “equally at home in the biggest of franchises and the most intimate character pieces.” His films have ranged from smaller films like The Rocketeer and October Sky to Jumanji and Jurassic Park 3 as well as Captain America, so he should be able to handle a big-budget franchise and still give it the intimate feel of his earlier films.
Disney hit the jackpot when it released The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe back in 2005, but when Prince Caspian failed to match its popularity, they let the franchise go. Fox picked it up for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, but again the numbers just weren’t there at the box office, so they too let their interest lapse. Now Gordon is teaming up with TriStar and hoping that with the time that has passed maybe the audience will return.
This will be the first film to not have at least one of the Pevensie children in the lead. The story follows their cousin Eustace, the spoiled child reluctantly brought to Narnia in Dawn Treader, as he returns with schoolmate Jill. Caspian’s son Rilian has disappeared and it’s up to the two children to seek him out. Aslan, previously voiced by Liam Neeson, will of course make a return, although no casting news has been announced.
If this attempted series reboot works, TriStar will have pulled off a coup. They would then obviously consider filming the remaining books in the series, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. Having read the whole series, a part of me would like to see it completed, but the pragmatic side of me realizes that Disney lucked into the best book in the series and should probably have let it go with just the one. I hope they prove me wrong. Either way, I will still be at the theatres when it comes out. The question is, will anyone else be?