Producer Mark Gordon has confirmed “The Silver Chair” is still being developed, and he is excited and hopeful to see production on the movie soon. Haleigh Foutch caught up with Gordon at a Television Critics Association press junket where he was promoting his upcoming CBS series “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Foutch published an article Tuesday in Collider.com about her apparently brief conversation about “The Silver Chair,” the fourth book published in C.S. Lewis’ famous Chronicles of Narnia series. This is the first public news about the coming movie since Narnia.com recently published several clips of a conversation with Douglas Gresham, the creative and artistic head of the C.S. Lewis Company, and executive producer of the three previous Narnia films.
Dozens of entertainment websites have picked up the news about Mark Gordon’s comments on “The Silver Chair,” including MTV, and the two largest Narnia fansites, Narnia Web and Narnia Fans. Virtually all the reports from general entertainment sites repeat the word “reboot” which Foutch uses in her headline. But is this actually a “reboot?”
According to WordNIk.com, a “reboot” is the “restarting of a series storyline that discards all previous continuity.” This is how many are interpreting the story. But does this match up with what was actually said? When Mark Gordon was asked if any of the actors from the previous films would reprise their roles for “The Silver Chair,” this was his answer: “No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”
First of all, it must be acknowledged Gordon’s off the cuff statement isn’t 100% accurate. While we should take him at his word the cast will be all new, and previous directors Andrew Adamson, Michael Apted, and Alex Kirby will not be involved, we do know Douglas Gresham will at least have some involvement. And “all original” certainly doesn’t mean the story won’t be based on the book. (As Foutch affirms later in the article, the “new characters will come ‘from the world’ of Narnia.”) Whether there will be story line continuity with the previous films remains to be seen. Also, the series is not actually “restarting,” but taking up where the previous films left off.
Whatever this “brand new franchise” means, fans of the Chronicles of Narnia have been given further confirmation work on “The Silver Chair” is indeed going forward, and for that we should be grateful.