Back in April of this year it was announced that Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston is set to revive the Chronicles of Narnia franchise with an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Silver Chair.
The filmmaker has been giving an update on the project at a convention in Paris, where he also revealed that it is likely to be his final feature film.
“That’s the plan,” said Johnson when asked if it will be his last movie (via ARTS). “It will take a couple of years to make the film as we won’t be able to start shooting next winter in New Zealand, on the South Island – it’ll be summer down there – and post and the visual effects will take another year and it’ll be 2019, and I think I’m ready to go do something else. I have a lot of dogs, and they demand long walks every day.”
Johnson began his career working on the visual effects, art and production design for Lucasfilm on the likes of Star Wars and Indiana Jones (winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on Raiders of the Lost Ark). He made his directorial debut with 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, while subsequent films included The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III and The Wolfman.
The fourth Narnia movie is being produced by TriStar Pictures, the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company and Entertainment One, as opposed to Walden Media, who produced the first three instalments, while David Magee (Life of Pi) has penned the script.
Hat tip to Alex Brown for the heads up.