Three Reasons to Be (Tentatively) Excited About The Silver Chair Movie

Three Reasons to Be (Tentatively) Excited About The Silver Chair Movie April 27, 2017
The cover from my 35-year-old copy of The Silver Chair
The cover from my 35-year-old copy of The Silver Chair

 

The story

My 10-year-old me remembers The Silver Chair as the ultimate adventure yarn, filled with all sorts of wonderful characters and fantastic, CGI-ready moments.

For those who haven’t read the book (or need a little refresher), children Jill and Eustace are whisked into Narnia and sent on an important mission by Aslan, a massive talking lion and Narnia’s godlike (but often in abstentia) ruler. Turns out, Narnia’s more temporal king, Caspian, lost his son—like, literally lost him—and Jill and Eustace are given some cryptic clues in how to find him again.

They bring along Puddleglum—a lanky, gloomy marshwiggle and kid-lit’s most awesome pessimist this side of Eeyore.

I'll just leave this here as a potential casting suggestion. (Adam Driver in Paterson, photo courtesy Bleecker Street
I’ll just leave this here as a potential casting suggestion. (Adam Driver in Paterson, photo courtesy Bleecker Street)

 

Soon they’re tromping through the wilds and plunging into the dark, cavernous worlds below, where they meet an army of goblin-like “earthmen”, sail a sunless sea and finally find their way to a massive subterranean city, where the prince is supposedly held captive.

We haven’t even talked about the company of rather deaf owls or the strange, bat-like creatures sleeping underground or the swords or the—sorry, I get a little carried away. Frankly, it’d be hard for anyone not named Zac Snyder to screw up a story like this. And to my knowledge, he’s nowhere near this property.

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