Fourth book heading to the big screen…

The C.S. Lewis Company and The Mark Gordon Company have tapped Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee (‘The Life Of Pi,’ ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,’ ‘Finding Neverland’) to adapt ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,’ the next big screen outing of C.S. Lewis’ famed fantasy series.

A classic series of seven novels that have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ began with the publication of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ in 1950. Six more novels (including the prequel, ‘The Magician’s Nephew,’ and the sequels, ‘The Horse and His Boy,’ ‘Prince Caspian,’ ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Last Battle’) would follow in the next six years. The final title in the series, ‘The Last Battle,’ was awarded the highest mark of excellence in children’s literature, the prestigious Carnegie Award.

‘The Silver Chair’ is set decades after the events of ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ but less than a year later in England. Aslan the lion calls upon Eustace Scrubb and his friend Jill Pole to help find Prince Rilian, the missing son and only heir of a now elderly King Caspian.

The first three Narnia films combined have grossed over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. The last film in the series, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,’ released in 2010 earned $416 million.

In a statement, Magee said: “I have always loved ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’ and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I’m getting to fulfil that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of ‘The Silver Chair’ and could not be more excited about it.”

Mark Gordon and Douglas Gresham along with Vincent Sieber, the LA based Director of The C.S. Lewis Company, will serve as producers and work with The Mark Gordon Company on developing the script. Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith will oversee for The Mark Gordon Company.