The Silver Chair is the start of a new Narnia Trilogy

Director Joe Johnston has said that the new Narnia film, The Silver Chair is the start of a new Narnia film trilogy.

“Everything is new,” he says. “This is the beginning of a brand-new trilogy. We will make reference to characters and events in the other films as the book does, but think of this as the beginning of an all-new trilogy.”

Watch the first Q&A here:

What does this mean?

The film is going to “look different” from the other three films. He has a production designer that is starting soon, but he can’t said the name of the designer because they haven’t signed him yet.

He wants the film to remain true to the essence of C.S. Lewis’ source material. He said it’s a little bit of a daunting task, but is ready for it. He is hoping to hire the best in the world to help in it.

Aslan will play as prominent a part in this film as he does in the book.

“I’m going to stick as close to the book as I can and make the most commercial version as I can.”

“The Lady of the Green Kirtle is the villain of The Silver Chair.

The cast will be entirely new. The cast from the original films have aged out of the ability to play the roles they played in the first Narnia trilogy. He wants to set the new trilogy apart from the original trilogy, so it’ll be an entirely new cast. He feels it wouldn’t be appropriate to use any of the original cast members. For instance: Will Poulter did a fine job as Eustace, but he’s much too old to continue the role now. (I can confirm that first hand, when I met him when they filmed the movie, and then again a year later when the movie was released, he was already a foot taller than when they were filming.)

He answered the question of who should play Puddleglum in the movie, and he wouldn’t give who he would pick today, but if he had a choice of anyone at any time, it would have been John Cleese at age 25.

He plans to shoot most of the film on location and use digital effects to enhance the landscape. Probably in New Zealand on the south island.

He feels that all of the tools to make a movie, that are cost effective, to tell the best story are going to be used.

His first C.S. Lewis books that he read were the Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces, at about 12 or 13 years of age.

The Silver Chair, he reiterates, will be true to the essence of what C.S. Lewis wrote, and will have a lot of heart as well.

To him, the film is “about hope, it’s about working together and recognizing how you can share responsibility with others and can work together. It’s about standing up to tyranny, whether you call it a bully or however you want to phrase it. It is about knowing who you are and finding out who you are and recognizing who you are.”

Another question said “Please don’t let this one suck.” He said “Okay. I won’t let it suck.”

 

Joe Johnston to direct “The Silver Chair”

Narnia 4 has a director in Joe Johnston. The director got his start in feature films, directing Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and later films like JumanjiJurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Based on his work on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Jumanji, I believe he has the ability to get good and realistic work out of child actors, which will aid his work on The Silver Chair. Plus, working on special effects films like Jurassic Park III and Captain America give him the added experience that I can see working perfectly with the land of Narnia.

Welcome to the Narnia Family, Joe Johnston! We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair doesn’t have a release date at this time.

Says Douglas Gresham: “It is very good news that Joe Johnston has agreed to come on board for The Silver Chair! We need a man with real feeling for beauty, enchantment, excitement and indeed humour and fun, all things that this Movie will be full of. I am really looking for to working with Joe on the project. In the best movies, the Director is always a vibrant, hidden character in the film — and I reckon we’ve got one!”

Producer of The Silver Chair movie, Mark Gordon, says “Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces. Because C. S. Lewis’s story is iconic and epic but also tender, personal and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring The Silver Chair to the screen.”

Updated to correct the spelling of Joe Johnston’s name. Sometimes my dyslexia gets the better of me and letters go running off.

“How could this happen? I was so careful. I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?” April Fools 2017

Well, fans and friends, another April Fools has come and gone. Yes, the last two articles you saw, were in fact, were part of another one of our annual  pranks. I’ll admit, they may not have been up to snuff with those from years past, but with so little news about the films to go off, it’s harder than it should be. We hope they gave you a chuckle, a groan, or at least a good facepalm. We also hope you shared them with your loved ones.

To reiterate:

1: Gilbert Gottfried is NOT replacing Liam Neeson as Aslan. We know nothing about the cast for Silver Chair, and there is a 1000% chance that, if they do replace Neeson, it will not be with Gilbert Gottfried. Aslan as we all know, should sound regal, wise, majestic and at least like He somewha from the British Isles. This one is kind of a throwback to the halcyon days when we announced that the likes of Mr. T , Zac Ephron, and Lindsey Lohan was playing Reepicheep, Eusatce and Ramandu’s daughter respectively…so ridiculous that there is no way it could be believed. Fun fact with the sources “McGurk” is the name that Mr. Mxysptlk calls out in his first appearance not only in the Superman comics books but in Superman: The Animated Series, and Red McCaw is a play on “Scarlet Macaw”, Iago’s breed of parrot.

2: Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Williams are NOT prepping an “Inklings” musical. I have the feeling that both are very busy at this point, Williams with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Ready Player One and Miranda with Mary Poppins Returns among other projects. Also, as fun Easter Egg that hinted that this was a joke came in the hyperlink attached to the producer named “Leo Bloom”. If you clicked it, you were redirected to a picture of the late Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom from the Mel Brooks musical The Producers.

So, again, thank you all for indulging us in our folly.  And remember, when we get close to the end of March, feel free to submit jokes to us.

 

 

 

APRIL FOOLS! Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Williams prepping new Musical “The Inklings!” APRIL FOOLS!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, perhaps best known for his Broadway smash hit Hamilton and Disney’s Moana is getting ready to prep his next project. Sources close to the award winning composer and lyricist say that he is heavily interested in producing a hip-hop musical about the Inklings tentatively called “The Inklings!” The story will be set during the formative years of the group at Oxford and focus on the friendship the men shared, and the eventual rift that formed between them.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

The musical will see him join forces with the legendary composer John

John Williams

Williams, best known for his work on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and dozens of other films. The idea is to blend the classical, sophisticated sound of Williams, with the contemporary sound of Miranda, to show how relevant these classic works have become today’s world. Read the rest of this entry »

APRIL FOOLS! Gottfried To Replace Neeson as Aslan? APRIL FOOLS!

We have long heard that it was possible that none of the original cast from the earlier three Narnia films would reprise their roles in The Silver Chair. Most of us assumed this would pertain only to the kids. However, we now have confirmation from NarniaSpy “McGurk”, that  every single role will be replaced to allow the new production crew to add their own stamp to the stories. Chief among them is eying  a bold new choice as Aslan.

Best loved by a generation for such roles as Mr. Peabody in The Problem Child series, Iago in Disney’s

Gilbert Gottfried

Aladdin,  Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Action, Didgit in PBS’ CyberChase, and the Aflac duck, comedian and national treasure Gilbert Gottfried is the front runner to replace Academy Award Nominee Liam Neeson in the role of Aslan, the Great Lion of Narnia. Read the rest of this entry »

The Silver Chair to film Fall 2017 for a September-December 2018 Release?

The Silver Chair

In a bit of an update to the story posted earlier, there is a bit more information from what actor William Moseley said to a group of fans in the Philipines. According to the video in the tweet below, Moseley says that “[The Silver Chair] starts filming in the Autumn of this year and will come out one year later, so in 2018.. September 2018 or Christmas 2018…the next Narnia will be released.”

So… according to actor William Moseley, this could happen. We’ll see, as no director or casting has been announced yet, but some movies can be made that quickly. We’ll see!

William Moseley visits Philippines and announced The Silver Chair updates

Narnians!

A few days ago, William Moseley visited Philippines for the premiere night of his latest film project, Carrie Pilby. During the meet and greet, fans were given a chance to ask questions and of course have books signed or take a picture with him.

Moreover

I was able to ask a good question to William Moseley or as we know him, High King Peter Pevensie, regarding his role in The Chronicles of Narnia franchise.

Question: Are you willing to reprise your role as Peter Pevensie in any of the future films of The Chronicles of Narnia?

William: Yes…. But they are making another Narnia movie, The Silver Chair but my character isn’t in that book until The Last Battle…. So September 2018 or Christmas 2018 the next Narnia film will be released.

In addition,

A fan hinted that William Moseley is a good friend of one of Narnia’s film producers Vincent Sieber which may lend credibility to whether or not this is really an official update.

This may not be official Narnia news about The Silver Chair although this might be a lead, or hint, as to a potential future release date. The Silver Chair is still currently under development, although the script has already been completed by David Magee.

You may click to watch the actual video below:

Here are also some of the pictures of William Moseley and fans, my friends:

Credits to Kyle Custodio for the awesome Peter Pevensie art and Milez Fasnacht:

         

       

Special Thanks to Ayala Malls Cinema and to those who participated for the premiere.

Check out Hull UK’s NARNIA TRAIL for April 2017

Come and visit Hull, the UK’s City of Culture!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hull-community-church-world-of-wonder-13120527254

“Some journey’s take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.” – C.S. LEWIS

Step into Narnia and discover betrayal, heroism and sacrifice…
• Pick up your Narnia passport
• Walk through the wardrobe
• Be tempted by the white witch
• Visit Mr Tumnus’s cave
• Pop in to Mrs Beaver’s kitchen
• Discover Aslan at the stone table
• Be part of the Narnian battle camp
• Meet Aslan himself
• Be crowned on the 4 thrones of Cair Paravel
Follow the trail and journey into the amazing land of Narnia entering the scenes, meeting the characters, and exploring the Easter story.

Tickets £1.50 (under 12 mths go free)

(With kind permission from the CS Lewis Company Ltd).

Venue: World of Wonder, Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2NB

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The Narnia Experience returns to Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall this month

PRESS RELEASE: Following its sell-out run in 2013, The Narnia Experience returns to St. George’s Hall this month; the critically acclaimed interactive walk-through experience is back now until 25 February and tickets are currently on sale.

Brought to life once again by Crosby-based community theatre charity In Another Place, the company also behind 2016’s hugely successful production, The Alice Experience.

Visitors are invited to step through the enchanted wardrobe where they will discover a wintery forest scene and whisked to the magical land of Narnia. Take on the role of either Lucy or Edmund and follow the adventure from their perspective in this classic children’s tale by C.S. Lewis.

The Great Hall has been beautifully transformed as visitors go on a journey through the White Forest and across the land of Narnia in this large-scale, immersive and interactive trail. Get set to meet all the favourite characters along the way including Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch.

The Narnia Experience is an ideal day out for the whole family, from children 3+ to adults alike, and is perfect to enjoy during the February half-term holidays.

It is a huge production, In Another Place have gathered a team of around 500 volunteers to produce the event who have been drawn from community groups and churches across Liverpool, many individuals are also getting involved.

This event is selling-out fast, so be sure to book your tickets ASAP and don’t miss out visiting Narnia!

The Narnia Experience returns to St. George’s Hall from 8 – 25 February and is open daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm with admittance every 15 minutes.

St Georges Hall General Manager Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome back the team at In Another Place, their previous productions of Narnia and Alice Experience were incredibly well received by the public. The creativity and vision in their set designs and the characters they bring to life are always astounding. I would definitely recommend booking fast as I imagine this to be another sell-out!”

Annie Spiers, Artistic Director said“This is not just walking through the amazing scenery, but meeting the characters as they bring the story to life in this walk-through performance. This is an experience all ages will love”.

There will be four Autism friendly performances on Tue 21st February between 6:15pm – 7pm specifically designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. A BSL performance is also available at 7:30pm on Saturday 18 February.

LISTING DETAILS

The Narnia Experience
St George’s Hall, North Entrance, William Brown Street, Liverpool
Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 February
Times: Daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm (at 15 minute intervals)

Tickets Prices: 

Mon & Tue: Child £6/ Adult £8
Wed & Thu: Child £7/ Adult £10
Fri & Sat: Child £10/ Adult: £13
Fri 10th: Child £6/ Adult £8

BOOKING DETAILS

Purchase in person at Echo Arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk or on 0844 800 0410.

Prince Caspian on Stage – Behind the Scenes Write up

By: Sarai Manning (“Prince Caspian” Cast Member)

What does it take to bring “Prince Caspian” to the stage?

An innumerable amount of time and effort has gone into preparing for the World Premiere of “Prince Caspian” on stage. Academy of the Arts Ministries has created everything used in this production… from dwarf beards to train stations, regal costumes to Caspian’s life-sized, ride-able horse Destrier. Academy volunteers and staff have worked day and night to find the music, create the light cues, sew hundreds of costumes, and experiment for hours with make-up. They have built all the sets from a ruined Cair Paravel to Aslan’s How, complete with a broken and aged Stone Table. Artistic director Nicole Stratton corresponded long distance with the C.S. Lewis Company and Douglas Gresham to finish and perfect the final script for performance. Cast and crew members have had to practice “flying” characters on stage rigging and spent months rehearsing scenes. Our stunt team has planned and choreographed over a hundred fight sequences, whilst the media team spent more than a day in the studio recording the voice of Aslan, voiced by Dr. Nicky Chavers (Academy of the Arts Ministries’ founder). Actors on stilts have learned to walk, run, and fight like living trees in Narnia. Props have been drawn, built, and painted. The team has done so much in order prepare Logos Theatre and the cast of “Prince Caspian” to present and share C.S. Lewis’ moving story of spiritual faith, trust, and new beginnings in a powerful and memorable way that only Narnia can.

Below are many Behind-the-Scenes pictures from creation to dress rehearsals, as well as, a special Behind-the-Scenes highlight video put together by our Production Manager, Joe Hainsworth.

Enjoy!

Between The Scenes – Prince Caspian