Despite inconsistent box office and mixed critical reaction, Walden Media and Fox seem dead-set on filming all seven books in C.S. Lewis's 'Narnia' series. Although 'The Silver Chair' is technically the next chronological entry in the series, Walden Media co-founder and president Michael Flaherty told The Christian Post that they'll be taking on 'The Magician's Nephew' next, a prequel story and the sixth book published. As Flaherty himself says:
"We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about the Magician's Nephew being our next film ... If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years."
Surely a huge part of talking with Fox about this project will be convincing them that it needs to happen. Despite strong international grosses, 'Prince Caspian' and 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' underperformed at the domestic box office in the wake of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe''s massive success ('Prince Caspian' grossed roughly half of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's box office take while 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' made significantly less than that). Although international grosses are a nice cherry on top, it's the domestic haul that typically helps a sequel get the green light.
These inconsistent numbers also translate to the books, as Flaherty is quick to point out:
"What's interesting is that the 'Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' over this period of time sold twice as many books as 'Prince Caspian' and it did twice as much at the box office. 'Prince Caspian' sold a third of the books as 'Dawn Treader' and did a third at the box office."
Flaherty then goes on to say that 'The Magician's Nephew' is the second most popular book in the series, so it's a guaranteed blockbuster hit, which sounds like slightly delusional wishful thinking, but if it helps him get his movie made, more power to him. With interest in the series waning though, will an audience for these films still exist when this one finally gets the go-ahead? Sound off in the comments below!