joe johnston to direct narnia the silver chair

We’re going back through the wardrobe.

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston has been tapped to helm The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, which we heard was meant reboot the franchise, seven years after the last Narnia film hit theaters.

The Silver Chair follows Eustace Scrubb (played by The Revenant‘s Will Poulter in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, as seen above) as he and his classmate Jill Pope are tasked by Aslan to find a missing prince. There’s no word on whether the original cast — though Poulter’s Eustace would be the only returning character — would be back for the new film.

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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 »