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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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Breaking News: TriStar joins the production team of The Silver Chair

The long anticipated film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia book, The Silver Chair has received a new injection of funding as TriStar Pictures joins The Mark Gordon Company and eOne as part of the production team to finance the film. TriStar is a production company belonging to Sony that focuses on literary projects and has produced films such as Hook (1991), Matilda (1996), and Oliver Twist (2005) and War Room (2015). We will also see Sony joining eOne as distributors for the film. This is very exciting news considering that things have been quiet regarding the development of the film in recent months. Last we heard, the script was in its final stages of development. The addition of an established production company should be good news as it will bring in additional funding for the film.

For more information, you can read the official announcement here.

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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New short video on The Silver Chair from Douglas Gresham

Following on from the last short brief update on the production the new Silver Chair film, narnia.com has released another video in which Douglas Gresham shares what he learnt from making the previous films and some of his hopes for the new one.

You can view the video here

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