In a surprise announcement by Variety recently, Mark Gordon (of the Mark Gordon Company) revealed the director for the latest installment of the Narnia franchise. Progress has been slow on Narnia: The Silver Chair, but this exciting new announcement is proof that the film is alive and well, and can be expected to be released sometime in 2019.
Joe Johnston is officially attached as the director of the next Narnia film, joining screenwriter David Magee in bringing new life to the franchise that began in 2005.
Johnston has experience in both creating and continuing major film franchises. He directed the third installment of the Jurrasic Part series, as well as the first Captain America film. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his ability to deliver in both production value and attention to detail. In a statement released by Variety, Mark Gordan said, “Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces.” Gordan went on to say that Narnia is epic in scope and scale, yet intimate and emotional in character. He believes Joe Johnston is a perfect fit for the next Narnia movie.
In a statement released by Variety, producer Mark Gordan said, “Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces.” Gordan went on to say that Narnia is epic in scope and scale, yet intimate and emotional in character. He believes Joe Johnston is a perfect fit for the next Narnia movie.
Narnia is currently set to be released by Tristar, in partnership with the Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Company. Narnia: The Silver Chair is not expected to make as much profit at the box office as the first two films in the franchise, but will make at least a modest earning nonetheless. Most importantly, it will be eagerly awaited by Narnia fans worldwide.
One amazing thing about the Narnia film franchise is its unabashed and uncompromised Biblical worldview. When C.S. Lewis wrote the original books, he wove in parallels from the Narnia universe to the “real world”. Typically, the producers of the films have not shied away from consistent message underneath the surface. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe portrayed the death and resurrection of Aslan, a Christ-like figure. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan says that he is known in the “real world” by another name.
We are certainly excited about what the next movie could mean for the rest of the Narnia franchise! It’s also nice to know that the film will be in good hands!
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