Director Joe Johnston Announces Retirement, Narnia: The Silver Chair is His Final Movie

Posted 2017/11/04 0 0

Joe Johnston has revealed to Arts that he’s retiring from directing with his next project, his tenth feature, to be his last.


Director Joe Johnston attended Comic Con Paris the last few days and gave an update on The Silver Chair, the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ fourth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. There he told the crowd that the pic will be last film as a director. Here's what he had to say:

"That's the plan. 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."

TriStar Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One are behind the new film which David Magee (“The Life of Pi”) is writing. Pre-production is expected to start next summer ahead of a shoot in New Zealand’s South Island next winter for a 2019 release.

At the box office, the Narnia franchise has taken in nearly $1.6 billion worldwide with three feature films: 2005’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, 2008’s Prince Caspian and 2010’s The Voyager of the Dawn Treader.

Joe Johnston got his start as a director in 1989 with Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and The Rocketeer in 1991. He went on to direct a diverse array of films, such as Jumanji, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger and Not Safe For Work.