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False Press Release for The Silver Chair

As of yesterday (July 4, 2017) an apparently leaked press release relating to the new Silver Chair film has been doing the rounds. Its original source is unclear but it seems to have been first posted by TheAbandoning on Reddit. The name “Sony” appears at the top of the document but there is no other indication that it genuinely comes from them. Our friends at Narniaweb have investigated and determined the document to be a forgery. 

The press release suggests that filming on The Silver Chair is scheduled for a five month period, starting in November and being shot in the North and South Islands of New Zealand, where we have previously seen Narnia come to life. Weta Digital is also announced as returning to do the armor for the upcoming movie.

Among other things, new talents were announced such as makeup artist Joel Harlow, composer Thomas Newman, as well as casting directors Nina Gold and Theo Park.

You can read the false press release as posted on Reddit here.

For officially confirmed information relating to The Silver Chair film, please consult previous articles and announcements in The Lion’s Call news category.

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New Manuscript Links Uncle Andrew’s Rings to Tolkien’s Numenor

A document recently unearthed at the Kilns, C.S. Lewis’ Oxford home now in the care of the U.S.-based C.S. Lewis Foundation, provides significant evidence that not only did Lewis and his colleague J.R.R. Tolkien both include references to the lost island of Atlantis in their writings, but that they meant for these works to overlap and form a coherent whole. Numenor, according to Professor Tolkien, sank beneath the waves after its king tried to storm the Undying Lands and take immortality by force. Nine ships escaped the ruin of Numenor and sailed east to what would become Middle-earth.  According to one of Tolkien’s rhymes, the ships carried with them “seven stars and seven stones and one white tree.” It has long been understood that the seven stones are the Palantiri, or seeing stones, and the white tree is an ancestor of the tree that grows in Minas Tirith in the court of the king, but the identity of the seven stars has always been problematic. This new manuscript, dubbed F., explains that the seven stars are seven pieces of meteorites brought to earth by Professor Ransom of Lewis’ Space Trilogy (which also referenced time travel), and which were later ground to a fine dust and passed on as heirlooms by the fading Elves who chose not to return to Valinor at the end of the Third Age but became a rustic people and intermarried with Men until some of the dust was passed down in a box to Uncle Andrew’s Aunt LeFay. We already knew that the source of this dust was Atlantean, but Manuscript F., as written by Lewis and annotated by Tolkien, indicates  a fully-formed connection between the two worlds that no one had suspected till now. We look forward to seeing a transcript of the document and posting photos soon.

Narnian Afternoons #1: Ten Things to Do This Summer

Feeling a bit glum that you’re stuck on this side of the Wardrobe on a hot summer’s day?  Here are ten ideas to perk up a free afternoon.

  1. Make yourself a daisy crown or braid a circlet from the hangings of a weeping willow, if one is handy.
  2. Grab a pencil and design your own Narnian or Archenlandish coat of arms.  What will be the symbol of your house?  The colors?  What about your motto?
  3. Make something nice from ice, like the Calormenes do.  Orange juice poured into a small cup or glass with a popsicle stick will come out of the freezer in an hour or two as the easiest treat imaginable. (Or, if you want something a bit fancier and more authentic, try one of the many sorbet recipes that can be found online.  This recipe for strawberry sorbet has only three ingredients.)
  4. Spend an afternoon composing a really lovely letter with your fanciest pen.  Write in calligraphy if you know how. (If you don’t know how, you can find a tutorial online for any alphabet that catches your eye.  Gothic and Uncial are two quite Narnian possibilities.)  Make the first letter of your note extra fancy by making it bigger than all the rest and then adding ivy, flowers, or other decorations to it.  When you have finished your letter, seal it in an envelope with sealing wax or a metallic sticker.
  5. Curl up with a really good fanfic or two.  (Narnian fanfiction can be a frightening place, so get recommendations from readers you trust.)  I highly recommend Becoming Brothers and Someone Else’s Story, both by Andi Horton.  You’ll feel like you’ve just stepped away for a moment after reading The Horse and His Boy and continued on with the stories of Cor, Corin and Aravis.  Her voice is so like Lewis it’s uncanny, without feeling at all forced.
  6. Color some pictures in your Chronicles of Narnia Colouring Book, due out next month.
  7. Make some hollyhock dolls.  They might be very small dryads, after all.
  8. Try some Medieval embroidery stitches.
  9. To keep your hair up during hot summer months, make yourself some archery arrow hair sticks.  If gluing feathers to dowels is too much trouble, try this approach to fletching.
  10. Build a catapult.

Have you ever tried any of these things?  Tell me how it went in the comments below!

New Staff Members on TLC

As many of you are already aware, we have recently promoted three of our hard-working members to the position of Staff on The Lion’s Call. Ariel of Narnia and Tenethia, two of our long-standing contributors and forum moderators, will continue their work now as forum administrators, while retaining their various contributor duties. Always Narnian, one of our news reporters, will be taking over as News Team Editor as Ajnos steps down from that position. We also welcome Jesusgirl4ever (Jaygee) as a new forum moderator. We wish to congratulate our new staff members and ask that you support them in their new roles.

We are also looking for additional reporters to join Always Narnian’s news team. An advertisement with details on what that involves and how to apply will follow shortly.

Latest news on The Silver Chair film

By Ajnos Gamgee

Those of you who follow all the latest Narnia news, will have seen the recent flurry of discussion online around the upcoming adaptation of the fourth Chronicles of Narnia book, The Silver Chair. We have known since October 2013 that Douglas Gresham has been planning to make this fourth film in conjunction with a completely new production team lead by Mark Gordon.

While news on updates to the plans for the film has been fairly sparse since then, and somewhat confused by a fake Twitter post in June last year claiming the script was complete, we have recently had official updates from Douglas Gresham through a number of short video clips. In the last, he tells us that although some changes must be made when translating a book onto screen, he hopes we will “see the whole story of The Silver Chair is in the movie”.

Last week, the mainstream film and television website, Collider, brought us the first official statement from producer Mark Gordon himself. At a press conference covering his latest television series, Gordon was asked by a Collider reporter on the status of the next Narnia film.

Gordon confirmed (what we basically already knew), which is that it will be a “brand new franchise” produced by “different directors, and an entirely new team”. He also stated that the characters would be original, but when asked to clarify, explained that they would not be newly invented characters, but taken “from the world of Narnia”. It seems that by this he meant that they would be different characters from those in the previous films (which is to be expected since The Silver Chair book laregly contains different characters from the previous books). This does not necessarily mean that returning characters such as Eustace Scrubb, King Caspian, Trumpkin the Dwarf and Aslan will be absent from the movie, although there is potential for their being recast. Eustace will almost certainly have to be recast (since Will Poulter, who played him in The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, is too old to reprise the role). King Caspian could be played by Ben Barnes again, but only if he is artificially aged and Peter Dinklage would require some aging too to return as Trumpkin. There is no specific reason that Liam Neeson should not return as Aslan, but presumably the production team will consider the pros and cons of this when the time comes to deciding on the cast.

Following the covering of Gordon’s words at the press conference, there has been a spate of reports describing The Silver Chair film as a “reboot”. This is a phrase which may be somewhat misleading since “reboot” might imply that what went before is now irrelevant and that filmmakers are starting from a clean slate. This is true in the sense that Walden Media (and their partners with whom they made the last three films – first Disney, then Fox) are no longer involved, and writers, directors and actors will be different. But the story of Narnia will continue where it left off. Douglas Gresham has said on more than one occasion that he wishes to keep the film as close to the book as possible. He also plans to be more directly involved in this film than he was in the others and to honour his step-father’s works and message.

With Gordon’s willingness to speak about the film and Douglas Gresham’s updates, we can be sure that plans are advancing. We will continue to keep you updated as more concrete news comes through. Feel free to comment below on your thoughts and hopes for the upcoming film.

For official updates, have a look at narnia.com (where you can also find Douglas Gresham’s videos about the film) or at the official Facebook page:

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