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New Chronicles of Narnia movie in the works

The Chronicles Of Narnia film franchise is returning to the big screen following a six-year break.

Three of the seven popular children's books by C.S. Lewis were adapted into a fantasy film series, which included The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010, but the remaining four instalments never made it into production.

However, it has been announced that the fourth book, The Silver Chair, is being brought to the big screen by the Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis Company, while Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham returns as producer.

“Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy," Gordon said in a statement. "We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new."

Producer Mark Gordon announced plans to make the Silver Chair back in 2013, his first foray into the franchise. David Magee, the writer behind the Life of Pi and Finding Neverland, will pen the script.

The Silver Chair takes place years after The Voyage of Dawn Treader and follows King Caspian, whose son and heir has gone missing. It follows Eustace Scrubb, who was played by The Revenant's Will Poulter, and his friend Jill Pope, who are sent on a search mission by Aslan the lion, voiced by Liam Neeson. It is not known if the actors, including Ben Barnes as King Caspian, will return to the franchise or if they will be replaced.

The first three films grossed $1.6 billion at the global office in total and were produced by Walden Media, which owned the film rights to the book series until 2011.

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