Six years after Hollywood's last visit to Narnia, plans are finally in the works for a fourth film -- but don't expect to see any familiar faces from the land beyond the wardrobe.
Per Collider, at a recent junket, producer Mark Gordon confirmed that things are moving forward with "The Silver Chair," a movie adaptation of the fourth book in C.S. Lewis' series. But while this is the natural next project after 2010's "Voyage of the Dawn Treader," it won't be a continuation of the Narnia franchise as we currently know it.
"It’s all going to be a brand new franchise," Gordon said. "All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from."
Before you panic, what Gordon likely means by "original characters" is not that they've changed the essentials of Lewis' original story, but that "The Silver Chair" features new people and places in Narnia that haven't seen screen time yet.
However, the complete revamp of cast, crew, and creative team still means we'll have to say farewell, forever, to some of the best things about the franchise so far:
Liam Neeson as Aslan.Disney
Neeson's particular set of skills has included giving voice to the lion king of Narnia since 2006, but it sounds like we won't be hearing him in the next film.
The creepiest White Witch everrrr.Disney
She's long gone anyway by the time the events of "The Silver Chair" take place, but Tilda Swinton was so perfectly cast as the witch that we're sad to see her go.
James McAvoy in those ears.Disney
Time to put away the erotic faun fanfiction, kids.
The darling Pevensies.Disney
The original quartet of kiddies who first escaped through the wardrobe to Narnia don't appear in "The Silver Chair," but the original actors who played them are too old to reprise their roles anyway.
And buh-bye, Will Poulter.
Although Poulter's character, Eustace Scrubb, plays a principal role in the story, Mark Gordon's comments make it clear that Eustace will be played by someone else come production time.