CATEGORIES Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Disney, RumorMonger, Celebrities and Controversy, Fandom, Family Films, Newsstand, Remakes and Sequels, Movie News, CinematicalWell, that was quick. The dust had barely settled on Disney's decision (announced at New York ComicCon, and reported here) to possibly end the Narnia franchise after three films, but then they decided no, not really. They take their cues from Aslan.
MTV Movie News cornered producer Mark Johnson, who revealed he has a list of directors for The Silver Chair, and is closely eying several names on it. (I appreciate that MTV was as shocked as everyone else by this.) Johnson went on to say that he envisions Narnia along Harry Potter lines, with a new director coming on for each installment. "I think [the director of Silver Chair] will be somebody new entirely," John said. "I would like to get somebody totally unexpected."
So, never say never. If they truly go in this direction, I would applaud them, as I think it could add some spice to a film series that hasn't really distinguished itself from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings -- and should have, because the books are pretty fabulous.
Johnson admits, however, that future books are going to be increasingly difficult to adapt. "I'd be lying if I didn't say a couple of them I don't know how to film," Johnson confessed, adding a wry smile. "It would be a good problem to have." The Last Battle is more than a good problem -- but that's just me. That book scarred me as a child, I think I actually threw it against the wall when I hit the last page. And then I ran and blabbed it to my sister, who to this day refuses to read the series. I'm all for edgier children's fare, but don't do that, Disney.
Thanks to Chris F. for sending this to us. You rock, Chris!