It’s been four years since Netflix originally announced that they had bought the rights to Chronicles of Narnia and were planning on creating another film and even a new series.
Since then, we’ve had one or two major announcements, and that’s about it.
The first came in 2018 when Netflix announced it was teaming up with The C.S. Lewis Company in a multi-year deal where they could produce series and movies based on the beloved books.
In 2018, speaking of the initial purchase, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, said, “C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers worldwide. “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.”
Then, in 2019, it was announced that Matthew Alrich had boarded the franchise as a “creative architect” and oversee all development moving forward. He is best known for his work at Disney Pixar, including being the co-writer of Coco.
Netflix wrote, “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
— Queue (@netflixqueue) June 12, 2019
In April of this year, Netflix France reiterated that Chronicles of Narnia was still happening.
– Charlie et la Chocolaterie par Taika Waititi
– Une nouvelle adaptation de Matilda
– Mercredi Addams, la première série de Tim Burton
– Les séries et films Narnia
– Balle Perdue 2
– La série d’animation Astérix par Alain Chabat
– La série Assassin’s Creed en live-action
— Netflix France (@NetflixFR) April 13, 2022
In November, news started spreading that Greta Gerwig would be directing the first two possible Narnia movies.
The fact that Netflix gets access to all seven novels is the deal’s most significant feature and what sets it apart from previous arrangements. This suggests that some of the more recent works, some of which have never before been adapted, could finally make it to Netflix, something that previous owners of the license haven’t been able to achieve.
What do you think? Would you watch new Chronicles of Narnia films and shows?