If the upcoming live-action reboot of Avatar: The Legend of Aang is still something hard to believe, well, Netflix is doing us another favor that is just too good to be true.
The streaming giant has taken the liberty to partner up with The C.S. Lewis Company to breathe new life to the Narnia books. That’s right. Close your eyes, let it sink in for a second, think about your childhood and how Aslan filled it with wonders in ways you couldn’t imagine. Now open your eyes and read: Netflix is making series and films based on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series.
How did this happen?
The collaboration between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company could be dated back to October 2018. They’ve agreed upon a “multi-year” deal, allowing the streaming service to create series and movies based on the seven Narnia books. The official press release posted on Narnia’s website also indicates that the stories will explore the Narnia universe.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, said, “C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. 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.”
Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis, also added, “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.” He commended Netflix for being “the very best medium with which to achieve this aim.”
So what can we expect?
With Netflix having been given access to all Narnia books, fans can expect to see the streaming giant going far beyond how much the previous movie adaptations had covered. We know that we only got to see three books hitting the big screen namely The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. A fourth film based on The Silver Chair was supposed to happen, but due to “creative differences,” the team behind its development had to drop the project.
Netflix has tapped the service of Matthew Aldrich, the co-writer for Disney Pixar’s Coco, to work on this project. In a tweet by a page called See What’s Next, Netflix announced, “Coco co-writer Matthew Aldrich will serve as the creative architect and oversee the development of all films and shows adapted from C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia universe for Netflix.”
“Coco” co-writer Matthew Aldrich will serve as the creative architect and oversee the development of all films and shows adapted from C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia universe for Netflix pic.twitter.com/k77EG6f9N4
— See What’s Next (@seewhatsnext) June 12, 2019
The trio of Narnia movie by Disney and Walden Media was next to The Lord of The Rings as the foundations of the modern fantasy genre. Giving the books the Netflix treatment will be a big-yet-risky move. Is it gonna be the next Game of Thrones? Will it retain its signature identity or lean more towards the dark side? What do you expect to see from these soon-to-release Narnia series and films?
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