Netflix has finally cracked a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis company for the development of a new series and film projects based on “The Chronicles of Narnia” books.
Netflix will work with Entertainment One and will develop stories from within the Narnia universe into films and series. The project will be produced by Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber will serve as its executive producer.
“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.”
In total, Narnia books have sold off more than 100 million copies in more than 47 languages. Their books have been adapted into three Sony films, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2005, Prince Caspian in 2008 and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. All three movies have made $1.5 billion worldwide.
“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,” said 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.”
With this deal, Netflix would be looking forward to building a Narnia Cinematic Universe just like Star Trek and Marvel, whose franchises fluctuate between the two mediums. This idea originated from eOne, and the company made a deal for a fourth Narnia feature in 2013. The finance of this feature will be taken care of by Sony and eOne. However, eOne’s strategy officer later felt a bigger opportunity in building a TV universe and wasting not much time, they cracked a deal with Netflix.
“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said Gordon. “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.”
The Netflix universe of The Chronicles of Narnia will be seeing Amazon’s Lord of the Ring series as a rival. Stay tuned for more updates.