DAVID MAGEE TO WRITE THE FOURTH NARNIA FILM: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR FOR THE MARK GORDON COMPANY AND THE C.S. LEWIS COMPANY
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS ON THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THE NARNIA JOURNEY
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 5, 2013) – The C.S. Lewis Company and The Mark Gordon Company announced today that two time Academy Award nominee David Magee (FINDING NEVERLAND and LIFE OF PI) has signed on to write THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE SILVER CHAIR, the fourth book published in C.S. Lewis’ famed fantasy series.
Magee’s critically acclaimed work includes his 2012 screen adaptation of the novel “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2004, Magee was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his work on FINDING NEVERLAND starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis stated, “I have a great deal of respect for Mark Gordon’s work and am confident that together we can bring the beauty and magical delight that Narnia engenders in the hearts of those who read the books to the screen in ‘The Silver Chair.’ I am very much looking forward to diving once more into Narnia, this time with Mark Gordon and his team.”
David Magee stated, “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 fulfill 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. Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith will oversee for The Mark Gordon Company.
The first three Narnia films combined have grossed over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.
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.
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About The Mark Gordon Company
The Mark Gordon Company is a film and television production company whose film credits include SOURCE CODE, THE MESSENGER, 2012, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, DAY AFTER TOMORROW, THE PATRIOT, TALK TO ME, THE PAINTED VEIL, THE HOAX, WONDER BOYS and SPEED. Television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Ray Donovan (Showtime),” “Private Practice” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), and “Army Wives” (Lifetime/ABC).
Gordon is a five-time Emmy Award nominee with two wins and has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.
Gordon is the President of the Producers Guild of America and serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls and the Virginia Film Festival. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and has served on the boards of The UCLA Lab School, Chrysalis, and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. Gordon is the founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools. Gordon is a co-founder of Intern Sushi, an innovative online resource that reinvents the internship application and hiring process.