‘Captain America’ director to helm ‘Narnia…’

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Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Joe Johnston, who directed “Captain America: The First Avenger”, is on board to helm the revival of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia” series, titled “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair”.

“Life of Pi” scribe David Magee will adapt the script based on Lewis’s novels, reports variety.com.

TriStar Pictures will co-produce the project with Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces. C.S. Lewis’s story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen,” Gordon said.

The “Narnia” franchise includes “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

The first two films were distributed by Disney, while the third instalment was released by Fox.

Johnston is best known for directing 1995’s “Jumanji”, starring Robin Williams, and 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. His other directorial credits include “Jurassic Park III”, “The Wolfman”, “October Sky” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”.

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