Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee has been tapped to write the fourth film in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair.
“I have always loved ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday,” Magee said in a statement. “All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit.”
Magee won the Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Life of Pi, which is based on Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. He was also nominated for an Oscar in the same category, but the award went to Chris Terrio for Argo. Ang Lee took home the award for Best Director for the film, beating Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) for a second time. Lee previously won the award for Brokeback Mountain, which was released the same year as Spielberg’s Munich.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier) wrote the first three films in the Chronicles of Narnia series. They were joined by Ann Peacock (Nights in Rodanthe) for the first film, Andrew Adamson (Mister Pip) for the first and second, and Michael Petroni (Queen of the Damned) for the third.
The first three films in the series have grossed nearly $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. The first film, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe grossed $745 million on a $180 million budget. The second film, Prince Caspian grossed $419 million on a $225 million budget. The third movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, made less than producers had hoped, grossing $415 million on a $155 million budget.
The C.S. Lewis Company is partnering with The Mark Gordon Company to jointly develop and produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Mark Gordon and Douglas Gresham, one of Lewis’ stepsons, will serve as producers along with Vincent Sieber, the director of The C.S. Lewis Company.