The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S.Lewis consist of a seven book series, among which only the first three were adapted for filming. Why were the next parts not made? I pretty much liked that movie and I am currently reading the fourth book when the realisation dawned on me that the other movies were not made. Any particular reason?

The order of the books are:

  1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage on Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician's Nephew
  7. The Last Battle
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    Read the Wikipedia page. Everything is given in Future section.
    – Rahul
    Commented Aug 18, 2020 at 14:58
  • Remembering C.S.Lewis - it saddens me, Susan of Narnia will never be on the list :(
    – not_Prince
    Commented Aug 18, 2020 at 15:13
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    Just to add in case you (or future readers) didn’t know, but The Magicians Nephew is a prequel, so chronologically occurring before The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Personal opinion, I’d say always read LWW first, then Magicians Nephew (while LWW is still fresh in mind, so can see how it ties in), then the rest in order.
    – racraman
    Commented Aug 18, 2020 at 22:05
  • We either need to close this, or @rahul 's correct answer-in-a-comment needs to be turned into an actual answer, IMO
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 0:51
  • Added an answer.
    – Rahul
    Commented Aug 19, 2020 at 6:59

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According to Robert Sneddon on Quora, there were conflicts between distributor/production companies (Walt Disney and Walden Media, respectively) and Lewis Estate (owner of Narnia copyright). The Chronicles of Narnia 1 was a huge success and they decided to make sequel. However, it somehow underperformed and they were not happy with the profit the sequel made. Meanwhile, Lewis Estate were unhappy either with some aspects of the second film`s screenplay.

Article suggests that, after Walden Media lost filming rights of Narnia in 2011, The C.S. Lewis Company offered the rights to Mark Gordon Company to adapt the 4th sequel - The Silver Chair. Since then, there wasn't much updates about the movie. Until 2016, Sony joined the party to finance the production. The new idea was to reboot the franchise with different cast due to the original casts of previous Narnia movies had aged out.

It didn't work out, no one knows what exactly was the cause of production fallen off the track. It is speculated that Sony later decided to brush off the old and long-forgotten franchise, not to mention the gross profit after the 1st movie did not meet Walt Disney's expectation.

You may refer to Wikipedia as mentioned by Rahul. In November 2018, Netflix acquired the rights of all seven Narnia novels to work on TV adaptation. It seems the reboot is very likely to happen, but its future is still uncertain. Just few months ago, in May 2020, it was reported that movie producer of Narnia - Douglas Gresham (also Lewis' stepson) has admitted he hasn't heard any updates about Narnia's production from Netflix in a while.

IMO, Narnia franchise will come back, given The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix had made multi-year agreement for the rights just two years ago. Perhaps Netflix needs more time for careful planning due to the potential and expansiveness of the series. It's been a long 15 years since The Chronicles of Narnia 1, and things changed. Let's not give up hope even there is so little news about it.


Here is the chronicle of disputes:

  1. It seems that franchise was going through disputes about production and adaptation in 2009.

In February 2009 it was announced that 20th Century Fox would replace Disney for future installments.

  1. And then there were talks about the fourth movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair in 2017, whose filming did not pan out.

  2. Search on Wikipedia of The Chronicles of Narnia reveals that,

it was announced in 2018 that new adaptations of the series would be made for Netflix

  1. And now the Netflix has taken over this project.

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