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Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017

‘Narnia The Silver Chair’ to film in Winter 2018, Joe Johnston says it’ll be his last film

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston was in attendance at Comic Con Paris earlier this week amd the director gave an interview about the project, which he describes as being darker

“I don’t want it look like the other films,” Johnston said. “I want audiences to look at The Silver Chair and think this is a whole new vision of The Chronicles of Narnia. In fact, I don’t even want to reference the other films. It’s like it’s starting a whole new thing.”

Based on the book by C.S. Lewis – the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) – production won’t begin until next winter, and will take “a couple of years” to film, according to Johnston.

Johnston sounds as though he’s working to create a whole new world for the franchise. He also revealed that it will be his last film as a director.

“That’s the plan,” adding, “I think I’m just ready to go do something else now.”

The project is also being made at a whole new studio; Sony’s offshoot TriStar is joining forces with The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and eOne.

“It’s the fourth film in the series. It’s a totally new, different studio. It’s Sony and Mark Gordon Company. We are planning to shoot it in New Zealand next winter, so we’d probably start prep maybe in July and then shoot in the South Island of New Zealand.”

The previous three movies – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) – grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. While the first two were made by Disney, the third was distributed by Fox.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chai r was presumed to arriving in theaters during 2019, but the remarks by Johnston may hint at a 2020 release.

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