CS Lewis’ sixth Narnia book to become the fourth movie.

Walden Media, the rights holder to the CS Lewis series, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia,’ have announced that they are moving forward with the next movie in the franchise. Some fans may be disappointed though, as they are planning to skip over the fifth book in the series, ‘The Silver Chair’ and go straight to the sixth book, ‘The Magician’s Nephew.’

The co-founder and president of Walden Media, Michael Flaherty, said the following about the planned adaptation:

“We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the C.S. Lewis estate now about The Magician’s Nephew being our next film. If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years.”

While ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ was indeed the sixth book in the series, chronologically it’s the first. The book follows a young Digory Kirke (Jim Broadbent played the grownup Digory in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’) and Polly Plummer on their adventures through the newely created Narnia. The book also features the introduction of Jadis, who later becomes the White Witch. ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is reportedly the second-most popular book after ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe’ and Flaherty says it’s his favourite. 

“I love the Magician’s Nephew because it’s a great origins story. You get to learn so much about where the wardrobe came from, where the lamppost came from, where Narnia came from,”