Netflix has confirmed new Narnia TV series are officially under way
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The Chronicles of Narnia are amongst these pieces of children’s fantasy literature, which have shaped generations and inspired young writers for years and years.
The series of seven books have all the necessary qualities, to be a gold mine today’s TV industry - there’s magic, powerful antagonists, talking animals, surprising plot-twists and undergoing topic of the importance of preserving nature and fighting for equality in society.
Depending on how the story is taken on board, it can be a very modern and progressive script, which begs the question - why has it been left behind, with titles such as Game of Thrones, American Gods, A Series of Unfortunate Events all seeing fantastic reviews and public response?
Perhaps the untimely, money-driven movie adaptations, came just a bit too early for the right public. While The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a decent success, the following Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Trader, left us with a love for a CGI rat and an early-teen appreciation of Ben Barnes’ hair (but not his accent).
Following these unfortunate attempts, the fantasy fans out there were left realizing, The Chronicles of Narnia missed the right moment and would probably be forgotten in the same pit of failed possibilities like Eragon and The Spiderwick Chronicles.
Luckily for us, there is a new beam of hope in the distance. Netflix have done their research and decided that there is still unexplored potential with The Chronicles of Narnia. Oh, thank Alsan for that, our prayers have been heard.
On the 3rd October 2018, Netflix confirmed it would develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series. Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide.
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.
The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.
“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said 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."
“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.”
Although no possible date, cast or titles have been teased yet, we are sure to hear a lot more in the upcoming months.
Only hope remains, that the books will be taken as more than a starting point material, and we will see the characters behaving, and taking decisions in the exact same way we expect them - without the need to make them over-popular and conform them to today’s storybook standards.