Here is the quote, which NarniaWeb posted in news on Wednesday .
“We were able to steal, really, from the book C.S. Lewis didn’t write, which is the one that would have gone between The Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair. He starts The Silver Chair with the witches [sic? perhaps ‘witch is’?] building up an army underground to attack the above world, and Caspian, having married The Blue Star […] is an old man with a son, and he married the Blue Star of Ramandu. In other words, a lot of things had happened between the books.”
To be sure, many Chronicles of Narnia book (and film) fans have been disturbed by this line. We have had such faith in Apted, who might have supervised a film that is based on a better book, and echoed its themes. Yet Narnia fans were already bothered about the film trailers clearly showing some clichéd modern-sounding dialogue (a plague infesting the first films, especially Prince Caspian), the White Witch, and more. And now this.
As a friend of mine quipped:
“The book C.S. Lewis never wrote”?
Last I checked, there’s a term for that: fanfiction.
Still, even a faithful book-to-film scriptwriter might need to write some “fanfiction” to make the transition. I don’t mind some changes — even some of the drastic alterations done to the Prince Caspian film — to ensure the story, its themes and characters, comes off as well in a film as it was in the book.
Yet such changes should make sense. Adding an already hackneyed object-oriented-fantasy-plot element such as “find the seven swords” (which in the trailer are even glowing blue, like Sting) seems unnecessary.
Here is the latest trailer, from which you might decide for yourself — and discuss, rationalize, grumble, or, of course, scream like poor Gollum.