For years, most fans just assumed that if a fourth Narnia film was ever made, it would be The Silver Chair. It is the next book in the series, and Will Poulter’s (Eustace) age was always a concern. Eyebrows went up when, a few months before the theatrical release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Producer Mark Johnson suggested that they might make The Magician’s Nephew next. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader released in December 2010 and performed well overseas but poorly in the United States.
In February 2011, the story broke that Producer Perry Moore had secured funding for The Magician’s Nephew prior to his tragic death. In May, Walden Media president Micheal Flaherty said that they were hoping to make The Magician’s Nephew next, but nothing was final and no script existed.
In September, NarniaWeb posted a story explaining that negotiations had stalled, and that Walden’s contract had expired. In October, Douglas Gresham (co-producer, Lewis’ stepson) said he hoped to be able to start production on another film in “three or four years time.”
Where do we stand now?
Walden Media no longer owns the option to the Narnia film rights. By law, a certain period of time (called a moratorium) must pass before the C.S. Lewis Estate can sell those rights again. Gresham’s comments seem to indicate the moratorium period will end in 2014 or 2015. At that point, the rights can go up for bid again… and we will see what happens…