A fourth installment of The Chronicles Of Narnia film series is heading for the big screen.

Executives at the C.S. Lewis Company have granted Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon's company the rights to jointly develop and produce a movie adaptation of the fourth book in the author's fantasy collection, The Silver Chair.

A statement released by Gordon reads: "Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis' beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia."

The first Narnia trilogy, starring Liam Neeson as the voice of lion Aslan and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, grossed a total of $1.6 billion at the global box office, with the last release, 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, banking $415 million (£276.7 million).