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Narnia: Silver Chair? Magician's Nephew? reboot?

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Everyone's calling it a reboot--besides which, the kids are too old by now, so it would have to be--in which case, I'm torn between congratulating them for not remaking TLTWaTW and wondering what the point is.

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They could, in theory, bring back Ben Barnes as King Caspian and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan (and it could still be a reboot, just like when Judi Dench came back as M in Casino Royale!). But if the purpose is to bring characters back together after they've been separated a while, then the fact that Eustace Scrubb alone would have to be played by a new actor kind of undoes that. And Caspian and Aslan don't appear in all *that* much of the book, anyway. Bringing the old actors back just for a scene or two at the end could be distracting.

But yeah, calling this a "reboot" is kind of odd, as there is only one story left that takes place after this one -- and it's the story in which pretty much *all* of the characters from the earlier stories are reunited in the afterlife. If the new film doesn't have any continuity with the older films, then what exactly could they even do there?

I also wonder if there is anything about Walden's adaptation of the first three books that would be legally tied to Walden specifically, and that the makers of the new film wouldn't be able to make use of. (E.g., the Snow White story is public domain, but Disney's particular *design* for the Snow White character is copyrighted to them. Is there a similar issue here? Would the new film be allowed to use any of the designs that were used in the last three films? Etc., etc.)

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23 hours ago, Peter T Chattaway said:

They could, in theory, bring back Ben Barnes as King Caspian and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan (and it could still be a reboot, just like when Judi Dench came back as M in Casino Royale!). But if the purpose is to bring characters back together after they've been separated a while, then the fact that Eustace Scrubb alone would have to be played by a new actor kind of undoes that. And Caspian and Aslan don't appear in all *that* much of the book, anyway. Bringing the old actors back just for a scene or two at the end could be distracting.

But yeah, calling this a "reboot" is kind of odd, as there is only one story left that takes place after this one -- and it's the story in which pretty much *all* of the characters from the earlier stories are reunited in the afterlife. If the new film doesn't have any continuity with the older films, then what exactly could they even do there?

They'd definitely need to recast Eustace, and Ben Barnes is too old to play Caspian at the age he was in Voyage, but Caspian is on the verge of death at the beginning of Silver Chair, so he could be any age at the end (surely I don't need to give a spoiler warning for these books?) Except for Scrubb and Pole, the other child-characters who re-appear in The Last Battle are adults, so it is conceivable (but unlikely) that they could cast the actors from TLtWatW.

I don't really care as much about casting as whether they get the script right.

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To be directed by Joe Johnston, whose credits include Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), The Pagemaster (1994), Jumanji (1995), October Sky (1999), Jurassic Park III (2001), Hidalgo (2004), The Wolfman (2010), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and something called Not Safe for Work (2014).

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