The Voyage of the Dawn Treader may have impressed critics last Christmas, but it hardly set the American box office alight. So it is with mild surprise that we hear that Walden Media (the studio behind C.S. Lewis’s thinly-veiled Christian adaptations..) is keen to press on with the series.
But in an unexpected move, instead of moving on to The Silver Chair, which would have made the most sense sequentially, film bosses have decided to plump for The Magician’s Nephew – which is chronologically the first novel of the series, despite the fact that it was published sixth. As such, in many ways it can be considered one of modern pop culture’s earliest prequels.
The novel tells the story of a young Professor Kirke (Jim Broadbent in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe) and is very much a genesis tale of Narnia which explains the origins of many characters including Jadis, aka The White Witch.
“We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the CS Lewis estate now about The Magician’s Nephew being our next film,” Walden president Michael Flaherty has told The Christian Post.
“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… I love The Magician’s Nephew because it’s a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from.”
The film is expected to get the go-ahead as although Dawn Treader was not a massive box office hit, its budget was considerably smaller than the previous films and it still turned a healthy profit on the back of good sales outside the US.