Netflix To Develop TV Series & Films Based On C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’
What do you do when your competitor keeps snatching up all the fantasy book adaptations? If you’re Netflix, you land a deal for one of the most beloved properties of all time, C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’!
Netflix has landed a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company which will see the streaming giant produce a number of tv series and films from the famous best-selling novels. In total, the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide.
“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.”
All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features.
“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” adds Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television. “eOne and I are excited to be collaborating with The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix who have the capacity to translate the Narnia universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming. We cannot wait to get started on the multiple productions we hope to undertake.”
If you’ve been hiding in the back of a wardrobe, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ consists of a series of seven fantasy novels originally published in the 1950s. They take place in the fictional realm of Narnia, and follows various children as they navigate their way through this world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals.
Over the years, there have been many adaptations of the various books on tv, film and in the theatre. However, this new deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.
“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,” comments Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis. “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.”
There is no news yet on exactly how ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ adaptations will work. It’s interesting to note they mention creating films AND tv shows, so presumably, they will be in some sort of connected universe. We’ll bring you more as we get it.
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