Mailbag Returns, Fan Art Wanted, More Coming Soon

Narnia FansNow that David Magee has finished writing The Silver Chair script (a fact which we confirmed independently), we’ve decided it was time to bring back an old feature of this site, and introduce a new one!


First, the Mailbag: Send us e-mails with questions or comments. We might feature your e-mail in our mailbag feature. I don’t know how often we’ll post it. That will depend on how popular the feature becomes.


Fan Art: We’d love to share your fan art with the world. We’ll do a round up of the best Narnia fan art from time to time as well.

More is coming soon, including cleaning up the site.

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David Magee finishes The Silver Chair Script (Updated June 28)

David Magee TwitterThere have been many rumors about The Silver Chair over the last year. Now it seems that screenwriter David Magee has finished the final draft of the script.

According to this screenshot of a tweet (his twitter account is private): “Completed the final draft of The Silver Chair today. I’ve had the immense pleasure to work on the project for over a year now. So fulfilling.”

We confirmed it with David Magee through his public facing twitter account (the account this appeared on was one for family and friends only).

The film is without a cast, director or major motion picture studio at the moment, with the Mark Gordon Company being mostly a television studio.

The last rumors that I heard were that Sony Pictures was in the running, after most other studios had passed on the project. There is no word if that’s where the project has settled. For the moment, take all of this with a grain of salt. We only know what our sources have told us, and nothing more.

Update (June 28, 2015):

The official Narnia facebook page has been updated to deny that the script has been finished by David Magee. Either there has been some hacking, or some false accounts created speaking on Magee’s behalf in an elaborate con by some kids hoping to cause a stir.

The bogus report of David Magee's #SilverChair finished script is a scam. Always follow The Chronicles of Narnia @officialnarnia & for all official movie news #NarniaMovieNews

Posted by The Chronicles of Narnia on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Like we said before… take all of this with a grain of salt. The thought that more Narnia was coming was fun while it lasted.

New Book on C.S. Lewis from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society Due This July

Our friends over at Oxford University press gave us a heads up about a new book about C.S. Lewis that is sure to interest our readers entitled C.S. Lewis & His Circle: Essays  and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society.  The book is due out in July and you can look for our review of this new book soon.  Check out the press release below:

C.S. Lewis & His Circle

C.S. Lewis & His Circle

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April Fools 2015: “Working-Title”

Well, friends, another April Fools has come and gone and now part of our long and storied history. We didn’t get the outrage we normally do. Which is good. You’ve taken it in stride, and had a good laugh. Though this year, the jokes were semi-plausible.

Believe it or not, it’s getting harder for us to come up with jokes! The media dry spell has been hard on us too, and not just due to the lack of comedy fodder. We honestly wish we had some real news stories to report.

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APRIL FOOLS! New Documents Reveal Discussions About Lewis/Tolkien Bio-Pic APRIL FOOLS!


Last December the cyber-world was rocked by one of the largest breaches in US history when a group hacked into Sony’s accounts and not only stole several films slated for release, but leaked many confidential memos and e-mails to the public. Aside from making award parties awkward by revealing conversations about actors and directors that took place behind closed doors, these e-mails also revealed discussions about hot properties including James Bond, Ghostbusters, and Spider-Man. However what didn’t make the news was information regarding many smaller films, such as the upcoming movie Tolkien&Lewis.



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APRIL FOOLS! Silver Chair Release date announced? APRIL FOOLS!

We have it on good authority that the release date for the next Narnia movie has been tentatively announced. Fox studios (who is supposed to distribute the film) as reserved a possible slot on April 5, 2016 for a ” Big Budget fantasy film” that is listed under the title of “Greensleeves”. Some insider speculation indicates that this could be the next Narnia movie The Silver Chair.

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair


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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Picture Book Edition)

Hi, everybody welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf where we review any and all books written by, about and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Picture Book Edition.)


Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  (Picture Book Edition.)

Adapted by: Hiawyn Oram

Illustrated by: Tudor Humphries

Based on the novel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.


Cover for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe storybook

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN-10: 0060556501

ISBN 13: 9780060556501


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Ben Barnes talks Narnia in New Interview

Ben Barnes in By the GunMovie news website Rama’s Screen had the opportunity to interview Ben Barnes about his new movie, By the Gun. During the interview, he was asked about the Narnia films. Here’s what he said:

Rama’s SCREEN: I don’t know if you know this but they’re working on adapting the next Narnia movie, “The Silver Chair,” so are you going to be a part of that?

Ben Barnes: “I have no idea. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. I know in “Silver Chair” casting is much older, I think he’s in his seventies by that point. I know they have brilliant people working prosthetics but I don’t know if that’s even possible but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it, I don’t know what phase that’s at.”

Rama’s SCREEN: So did you think “Dawn Treader” was a good exit, if it was an exit, for your character, Prince Caspian?

Ben Barnes: “‘Dawn Treader’ is actually my favorite one actually, of the three. It was the book that I was most obsessed with when I was younger, I loved the parables within it, the little stories, the little messages in them. And I think it’s fun, it’s very colorful. Ya, that was a good worthy adaptation of that book.”

Read the rest of the interview at Rama’s Screen

Outside the Wardrobe Reviews: Unbroken

UnbrokenWelcome to Outside the Wardrobe Reviews, where we take a look at a recent movie that isn’t set in or around the world of Narnia. I was asked to write my thoughts on a recent movie called Unbroken. It is a film based on the life of Louis Zamperini. It was directed by Angelina Jolie.

This film is not for very young children, as it is quite intense at times, and it deals with themes that aren’t appropriate for the very young. You see, Louie Zamperini was an Olympian who wound up fighting in World War II. During that time he wound up floating in the ocean for over forty days on a life raft. During this portion of the movie, I thought that was all that the movie would be about, as it lasted a very long time.  But the movie goes further into the story, as Zamperini and another soldier are rescued from the ocean… and promptly imprisoned by the Japanese Navy who found them.

This is not the feel good movie that it’s advertised to be. The ads show a lot of Olympics and training, but all of that happens within the first third of the movie. They’re used as flashbacks during that part of the movie, but after the flashbacks stopped, I found myself wishing there were more during the rest of the movie. This is especially true as it feels like we’re watching scene after scene of Zamperini being beaten, either by those running the concentration camp, or a time they forced all of the other prisoners to punch Louis in the face, one by one.

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How should Narnia come back to the big screen?

Narnia MoviesMovies take a very long time to produce. Now that David Magee is working on the screenplay for The Silver Chair, we are hoping for a return in live-action. But is this the best solution for The Chronicles of Narnia?

I think that Narnia might be better suited to another format. One that isn’t contingent on the ages of the actors playing the roles. The rate at which the Narnia movies would need to be released in order to properly portray the actors at the correct ages would be much too fast unless they decided to put together teams to each handle the various books in the series.

Option #1: Animated.

If it’s animated, the characters can be played by just about anyone, and if the actors are children, they can fairly easily re-cast if they need to. And if they have all of the scripts locked early enough, they could have all of the dialog recorded years and years in advance of the animation being finished. Plus, with animation they aren’t limited with what they can accomplish.

Plus, it would be fairly unprecedented to have an animated film series go seven movies long. It would be an expensive gambit, but it could pay off.

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