As you should be able to tell by my newly added Prince Caspian movie poster, I am counting the day until the release of the latest Narnian movie. So we know that Prince Caspian comes next. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is already in pre-production with filming to begin next year.
It appears there are two books lining up after that:
Producers had announced at Comic-Con in July that auds could expect one “Narnia” installment each May for the next few years. [Walden cofounder and president Cary] Granat is committing publicly to only four or five, saying that “Silver Chair” might be the best bet for the fourth, followed by “Magician’s Nephew,” but he admits that there are a multitude of possibilities.
So far the movies have followed the book publication order: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The Silver Chair is the next in both publication and chronological order. After that it gets tricky. A Horse and His Boy (which many don’t want to make because of the way many believe Muslims to be caricatured in the Calormene race) is a story-within-a-story in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The Magician’s Nephew is a prequel and the creation story of Narnia – explaining the existence of the White Witch and even the lamp post. The Last Battle is, rather obviously, last and again is seen as somewhat controversial with its depictions of Calormenes, despite the fact that the Calormene religion more closely resembles paganism and emperor worship than Islam.
The Calormene controversy may be why Walden has only publicly committed to a maximum of five. If that is the case, I hope they get past the political correctness and produce the entire series. It deserves to have those stories told and have the Chronicles end as they were intended.
There may be even more Lewis’ inspired movies in the works beyond Narnia. Screwtape Letters is in pre-production and Douglas Gresham has said he would like to see the science fiction triology and Til We Have Faces made into films.