Director Joe Johnston Says “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” Will Be His Last Movie

    After he delivers The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, Joe Johnston will end his career as a director.

    Joe Johnston. Photo by Matt Baron/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (1386080bx)

    It’s been a while since we heard anything about the next installment in The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair. Now, movie’s director Joe Johnston decided to reveal a few details during his appearance at Paris Comic Con. Johnston said that the preparation work will start in July 2018, while filming is expected to begin in winter of 2018. He also confirmed speculations that The Silver Chair will be his last movie as a director.

    “That’s the plan.” said Johnston. “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, which will 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, in the country.”

    The Chronicles of Narnia series is based on the novels of the same name written by C. S. Lewis. So far, three movies were released, each based on a particular book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Although the last entry in the series met with mixed reviews, it has performed successfully at the box office. The Silver Chair has been in development since 2013, with David Magee attached to write the screenplay. Joe Johnston was hired in April 2017.

    Before he became a director, Johnston served as effects artist and art director on numerous successful movies including Star Wars original trilogy and Raiders of the Lost Ark. His directorial debut came in 1989 with a hit comedy Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. He went on to direct commercially successful movies like Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.