By Caitlynn McDaniel
PHOENIX – Our favorite characters are returning to the screen! Except now, instead of the big screen, you can stream them anywhere on Netflix.
Through a multi-year deal, Netflix will be working with The C.S. Lewis Company to take the classic tale of Narnia and turn it into series and films. This is the first time the rights to the entire 7-book franchise has been held by one company.
The Chronicles of Narnia was originally a book series written by C.S. Lewis beginning in 1950. The books follow a group of young British teens as they stumble upon a world of fantasy. They encounter mythical creatures, magic and talking animals through their adventures in the wardrobe.
But don’t worry super fans, Netflix will take good care of the story.
“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.”
So now that they have the rights, what are they going to do with Narnia? It is not clear yet exactly what this new series is going to encompass but the executive producers have high hopes. Mark Gordon, President and Chief Content Officer of eOne said they are pursuing “both feature-length and episodic programming” as well as mentioning the plan for “multiple production.”
Get some Turkish Delight ready and settle in to your couch. It sounds like this production could be going for a while.
Disney previously produced movies from this franchise which first premiered in 2005. However, they only got through three of the books — The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Now all these years later, The C.S. Lewis Company feels confident that Netflix can finish what Disney started.
“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.”
A main concern from fans is whether or not Netflix will include the original books’ Christian themes that were also absent in Disney’s rendition.
Okay, on the one hand, I'm excited by this, because we might finally get movies beyond Silver Chair (PBS got that far, Disney didn't). As long as it's true to the books, and yes that means the Christian allegories that Lewis took great care to write. Don't "Hollywood" this up.
— Kenneth McAndrew (@kmac23va) October 4, 2018
There is no word yet for an estimated release date.