Despite the rich source of material, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series wasn’t as big as a franchise as Disney and Fox wanted it to be. And this is why after over six years; there hasn’t been any movement on a sequel to follow The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Now though, it seems that there’s life in the franchise yet, but this time with Sony’s Tristar Pictures who will attempt a reboot to the series.
Lewis’ fourth book, The Silver Chair will likely be adapted following this recent development and the production will boast all original characters played by new actors. Those familiar with the series will know that the storyline picks up decades after The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with Prince Caspian an old man. When his only son goes missing, Aslan the Lion despatches a pair of children from England to help recover him.
Although The Chronicles of Narnia series was a relatively profitable one for both Disney and Fox, both studios opted out from making further films. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe amassed over USD700 million at the box-office with its sequel, Prince Caspian delivering over USS400 million. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was produced by Fox garnered USD415 million but it was decided it wasn’t lucrative enough for the studio to run with it.
The decision of both Disney and Fox could play into favour for Sony as the book series, has a large following. With the right director and cast, there could be life in Lewis’ beloved book series yet.