Exciting Updates on The Chronicles of Narnia on Netflix
Updates on the development of The Chronicles of Narnia on Netflix have been scarce since the streaming giant acquired the rights to produce new films and shows based on the beloved book series by C.S. Lewis in 2019. However, recent reports from The Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker have shed light on the project’s progression.
Director and co-writer of Barbie, Greta Gerwig, has been confirmed to helm two of the Narnia films. Gerwig’s attachment to the project is a significant development for fans eagerly anticipating the Netflix adaptation.
As of the latest update on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, no additional details have been revealed about the production. Nonetheless, this news will undoubtedly boost excitement for the upcoming series.
Grata Gerwig is writing and directing two of The Chronicles of Narnia movies for Netflix
Renowned filmmaker Greta Gerwig, recognized for her exceptional work in Lady Bird, Little Women, and Barbie, is currently working on two of The Chronicles of Narnia movies for Netflix.
The exact adaptations she will be directing and writing are unknown at this point. More information regarding The Chronicles of Narnia movies will be provided by Netflix in due course.
Who is developing The Chronicles of Narnia movies and shows?
Matthew Aldrich, who co-wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning Disney Pixar film Coco, has been appointed as the creative architect for Netflix’s The Chronicles of Narnia projects. The Hollywood Reporter notes that there are several such projects in the works. Aldrich’s previous experience on a critically acclaimed film that is also available on Netflix likely contributed to his selection. Mark Gordan, Douglas Gresham, and Vincent Sieber are also serving as executive producers for the projects, according to IGN.
How many of The Chronicles of Narnia books are there?
It’s unclear at this time how many shows and movies based on Lewis’s book series are in the works, however, we know there are seven Narnia books:
- The Magician’s Nephew
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- Prince Caspian
- The Horse and His Boy
- The Voyage of The Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- The Last Battle
There is potential for a five-to-seven movie series at Netflix based on the five main stories of the Narnia world. While The Horse and His Boy and The Magician’s Nephew could be excluded, they could also be delved into further. Additionally, there is a TV series adaptation in the works, which may actually be a better format for the stories than films.
The Narnia world consists of various interconnected characters and locations, with additional unexplored worlds beyond it. There is potential for Netflix to explore these uncharted territories with the help of Aldrich, Gerwig, and their team.
The possibilities for these Narnia projects are vast, with a likely emphasis on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the most well-known story of the series. This project is likely to generate significant excitement among audiences.
Is there a release date for Greta Gerwig’s The Chronicles of Narnia movies?
The release dates for The Chronicles of Narnia projects on Netflix have not been disclosed yet. However, the recent appointment of Aldrich for the projects and Gewig’s commitment to at least two movies suggest that more details will follow soon.
The fact that these projects are in development is a positive sign, even though there has been limited information released so far. It is still early in the process, but we can expect Netflix to move quickly to launch this new franchise.
Assuming production begins this year, there are potential delays due to the WGA and SAG strikes, the earliest release for The Chronicles of Narnia movies and shows on Netflix would be in 2025. If production delays occur, we could be looking at 2026 and beyond for the release of any of Netflix’s The Chronicles of Narnia movies and shows.
The Chronicles of Narnia cast has not been announced
The cast has not been announced either. We should start learning more about this now that Netflix has someone in charge.
Greta Gerwig is “terrified” to make The Chronicles of Narnia
Given the scale and popularity of the franchise, it’s understandable that Gerwig may feel the weight of responsibility in adapting the Narnia books. While the series has been previously adapted, we anticipate that Gerwig’s version will surpass its predecessor. Gerwig’s exceptional talent, highlighted by her three Academy Award nominations, combined with Barbie’s proven ability to manage large budgets, makes for a promising partnership.
During an interview with Total Film (as reported by Indie Wire), Gerwig got real on her feelings about being attached to the movies:
“I haven’t even really started wrapping my arms around it. But I’m properly scared of it, which feels like a good place to start. I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign. Maybe when I stop being scared, it’ll be like, ‘OK. Maybe I shouldn’t do that one.’ No, I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary. And so we’ll see, I don’t know.”
We cannot wait to see her vision come to life!
Stay tuned for more news about Netflix’s The Chronicles of Narnia! We can’t wait to hear more about what will be great movies and shows.