The Chronicles of Narnia franchise went on a rapid decline. The first installment in the series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was a massive success. Disney’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis‘ novel made close to $800M worldwide — a figure the sequels didn’t come close to matching. The two sequels that followed weren’t as embraced by critics, fans, or filmgoers. The last sequel we saw, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, performed well overseas but made barely over $100M in the states. After two underwhelming sequels, it was decided to hit the reset button and give audiences a reboot.
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It’s been six years since the last movie in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise debuted in theaters, and as it was the worst performer at the box office and the worst film in the franchise, it seemed like the franchise was finally over. Despite news surfacing in 2011 that an adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew was in the works at Walden Media, the franchise remained dormant.
Then just a couple years ago, a press release announced that The Silver Chair would be the next book getting the film treatment. There haven’t been any new updates on that project either, but today brings news that the project is very much still in the works. However, it won’t be bringing back anybody from the original franchise. This will be a Chronicles of Narnia reboot. Read More »
A few years back, it seemed like audiences might get a new Chronicles of Narnia movie ever few years. 2005 brought The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which grossed almost $300 million domestic, but when Prince Caspian was released in 2008, that box-office take was cut nearly in half. It got to a point where, if you polled 100 people on the street, I doubt 10 of them would even know The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released in 2010. It only grossed $100 million domestic.
Yet all three films have been much bigger successes overseas. So, after a few years of uncertainty, it seems audiences will be heading back to Narnia once again. The C.S. Lewis and Mark Gordon Companies have announced they are set to develop and produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, based on the fourth book in Lewis’ series. Read More »
The third movie in the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was released in December to a soft opening in the US, but has gone on to gross $100m at home and a whopping $300m overseas. That’s hardly a massive blockbuster when the film cost $155m, but it is enough to get Walden Media looking at a fourth movie. But while The Silver Chair was the fourth book published in the series, the next film will be based on The Magician’s Nephew, which tells the origin of many of the familiar elements of the Narnia saga. Read More »