It’s time to jump back into the wardrobe, as Netflix is adapting C.S. Lewis’ classic The Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series.
The streaming service has announced that new films are in development based on all seven of Lewis’ Narnia novels, starting with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was originally released in 1950.
“It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world,” said Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, in a statement released by Netflix. “Netflix seems to be the very best medium with which to achieve this aim, and I am looking forward to working with them towards this goal.”
It’s still unclear if all of Netflix’s Narnia productions will take the form of traditional feature-length films, as producer Mark Gordon describes “multiple productions” that cover “both stellar feature-length and episodic programming.”
The most recent Narnia adaptations were handled by Disney, which released three films — 2005’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2008’s Prince Caspian, and 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. A fourth film based on The Silver Chair was scheduled to start filming this year under director Joe Johnston and Gordon producing, but it would appear that that production has been superseded by this new deal.
“C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years to come.”
There is currently no word on when Netflix’s Narnia productions may be released but between this and the upcoming adaptations of The Witcher — plus The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time from Amazon Studios— the next few years are going to be packed with big name fantasy adaptations. Let’s hope these studios can do the source material justice.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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