Will the third attempt to bring The Chronicles of Narnia on screen be the most successful yet?
C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series has already been partially adapted for screen twice, first as the much loved TV series of many a childhood on the BBC and then as a trilogy of three films by Sony, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage Of The Dawn Dreader. And now the third time’s the charm; Deadline has confirmed that Netflix has agreed a deal to develop a TV series and films based on all seven books in the series.
The streaming giant has obtained the rights and will work with Entertainment One, on the venture, with Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for films. The ambitious plan is to create something akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which expands the world of its heroes over both mediums.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, made the following statement on the deal, which is the first time rights to all seven books have been obtained by one company:
“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, stepson of C.S. Lewis 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. 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.”
The idea for thr Narnia cinematic universe on NetflixNetflix, stemmed from Entertainment One President Mark Gordon:
“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies. 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.”
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