As far as film franchises go, figuring out just what the heck is going to happen next with "The Chronicles of Narnia" is almost as fun as watching the actual movies. After all, each film in the series has earned less money than the previous one, leading to constant rumors that the whole gig would be scrapped -- and that's without even getting into just which of the remaining books they're going to adapt next.
Well, thanks to The Christian Post, now we know the answer -- and if you had "The Magician's Nephew" in your office pool, you're the big winner, as the sixth book to be published, which chronologically is the first episode in the story, will become the fourth film in the series.
Get all that?
Don't start clearing your calendars just yet, though, because it's going to be a while before "Narnia" fans get a chance to see "The Magician's Nephew" on the big screen. "We are starting to talk to Fox and talk to the CS Lewis estate now about "The Magician's Nephew" being our next film," Walden Media's Michael Flaherty said."If we can all agree to move forward, then what we would do is find someone to write the script. So, it could still be a couple of years."
For those without a "Narnia" flow chart, here's the deal, as far as we can figure: "The Magician's Nephew" tells the story of how Narnia came into existence when a really dumb Earth wizard decided to experiment with dimensional travel by randomly beaming confused children into adjacent realities. The book is a prequel to the events shown in the first three "Narnia" films, taking place in Earth terms about 40 years prior to the Pevensie kids finding Narnia in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."
Of course, since time progresses at a different speed in Narnia, that 40 years actually takes place thousands of years in Narnian time before the first three movies. But don't worry, it could be more confusing; "The Horse and His Boy," which was the fifth book to be published, actually takes place between scenes in the first movie, which technically makes it the third story. And...
You know what, never mind. Just go with it. It's magic, after all.
And when it comes to math and logic, even magicians cry uncle once in a while.