Next Chronicles of Narnia movie to be The Magicians Nephew?

Although The Voyage of the Dawn Treader made $400 million worldwide, it was slightly lower than Prince Caspian‘s $420 million (which in turn was lower than the $745 million made by the first movie). Despite this downward trend at the box office the Narnia franchise is still profitable, and Walden Media co-founder and president Michael Flaherty recently revealed a fourth movie was in the works, but it won’t be The Silver Chair, the fourth book.

Instead, Walden and Fox are talking about making The Magician’s Nephew which was the sixth book published and is a prequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. From The Christian Post (via Coming Soon):

“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,” Flaherty said. “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,” he said.

Here’s the synopsis of The Magicians Nephew, which is the second most popular book in the Narnia series:

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

Going in this direction with the Narnia franchise will require an entirely new cast, with the exception of Aslan and the White Witch. Are Narnia fans happy in seeing The Magicians Nephew next, or would you rather see The Silver Chair?

  • Person

    hmmm i guess its kinda good idea to put magicians nephew first, so people can see how narnia was created and what the beginning of it all was. it would probably bring more audience because of curiosty on how it all started. then if they put the silver chair next or whichever it’ll be like a step up to bring more people…so i guess magicians nephew is a good idea to make.

    • Alex

      True, they need all the help they can get, 400 million was good for Voyage but they need more then just that to keep this franchise floating.

    • Gwynne

      I will agree I was read these books from my 6th grade teacher, I’m now 45. These movies and the books are out of this world.. My kids have seen the movies,and now my grand children. and I hope they are here for there kids to enjoy.. Making the lion witch and the wardrobe first was odd. the movies should be made in the order of when the book were written.. I find it odd to miss one of the books.Can someone tell me why The horse and his boy was also not made into a movie?

      • Gwynne

        Here is the books in order for those who have forgotten.
        1. The Magician’s nephew
        2.The Lion,Witch and the wardrobe
        3.The horse and his boy
        4. Prince Caspian
        5.The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
        6.The Silver Chair
        7. The Last Battle

        These should be the movies as well..In order..:)

  • Dare Devil

    I will say it is pretty good move to tell the story of beginning of Narnia & hoping to see more of Aslan as he had more of guest appearance just for roaring in the end & completing the Movie

  • guest

    Grrrrr…..I wish they would make them in order. I don’t see how magician’s nephew is likely to earn more than silver chair. And bring back Andrew Adamson, cause Dawn Treader really sucked.

  • Jfgksdh

    the silver chair, they should keep going in order especially since they already have somone to play eustace

  • NarniaFan

    I suggest silver chair because like JFgksdh said, “they have someone to play Eustace”  also, they could do “Magician’s Nephew” and play on the whole prequel advertising 

  • Paul

    uh, yeah, I own the series and the Silver Chair is not the fourth book! It’s the sixth! Prince Caspian is the fourth!

    • rockrolf

      The Silver Chair was originally the 4th book before athe publisher re-ordered the series to be in chronoligical order instead of publication order. Horse/Boy was 5 and Magicians Nephew was 6 originally.

  • Crycarroll

    They totally skipped The Horse and His Boy.

    • rockrolf

      In the original published order Horse/Boy was the 5th book.

  • Crycarroll

    And the first book was The Magicians Nephew.

    • rockrolf

      The Magicians Nephew was originally the 6th book written and published. Many years after they were released a publisher re-ordered the books to go in chronological order. The original order was Lion/Witch, Caspian, Dawn Treader, Silver Chair, Horse/Boy, Magician, Last Battle.

      • Gwynne

        Wow I really did not know that ionterestion to know..

      • Michelle

        This order is the correct order as in when published that’s the way they should play the movies

  • Todd

    I don’t care which one they do as long as the entire series is complete. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have that collection!!

    • Gwynne

      HHHHHmmmmm lets see O yes …..

  • Karen Aitken

    Agreed it would be amazing to have all 7 made, but i know it depends on the viewing but now that they have made 3 it only seems right. You have to make the magicians nephew, before the last battle. And it seems to right for it to be either now, or make the silver chair, then the magicians nephew 

  • C.S. Lewis Fan

    I would prefer to see Silver Chair before Magicians Nephew, I love the entire series and would thoroughly enjoy watching any new Narnia movie, but from an interest standpoint from people who havent read the books Silver Chair would be flashier and easier for them to follow along.

  • markmark1

    i really want to see The Horse and His Boy. That is one of my favorite books i n the series.

  • lane zegular

    If they do magicians nephew, they should have elk’s fanning play polly

  • lane zegular

    Elle fanning not elks. Sorry

  • Narnian Fan

    Well, It will be awesome I’m sure! Because it will give the directors and writters a fresh start, but at the same time the kids from the first three movies will be a lot older in the ending if they do The Magicians Nephew next. But Really I am very happy with this

  • Deborah Jayne Watts

    I think the nect one should be the silver chair

  • Michelle

    I don’t I think the silver chair since that was the way it was wriitten but the new order may be good because the way they are showin the movies are not in the new chronological reading order either

  • Narnia FAN

    I have really enjoyed the series they have started of Chronicles of Narnia and would like them to continue. As for what book should go next I think they should stay the course they have already placed themselves on with the already existing cast for the Silver Chair. Mainly for the continuity of actor for the part of Eustice, I guess its just a personal pet peeve to faithfully watch a series and to have actors be replaced because the organization of production was not coordinated is just frustrating. This is a very big book series in a lot of peoples lives and to see it come to life through the magic of Disney and animation is just awesome. Either way I feel they have started a series that needs to be completed, or hundreds of millions of viewer will be disappointed.