Back in October, Netflix confirmed several upcoming projects based within the “The Chronicles of Narnia” universe. The adaptations, based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved stories, is moving forward on the platform, overseen by Matthew Aldrich.
According to Netflix, Aldrich will work across both series and film and serve as a creative architect on all projects under the deal. Aldrich most recently co-wrote the animated-comedy “COCO” for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and grossed over $800M worldwide for the studio.
Netflix entered into a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop stories from across the Narnia universe. These projects include both series and film adaptations. Netflix stated that all series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features.
“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.”
“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.”
In total, the Narnia books have sold more than 100M copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The books are still best-sellers on Amazon and are often times features in gift guides.
Narnia has been a popular topic for films and television in the past. In 2005 Disney debuted “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” a film that made $65M on opening weekend before grossing $745M worldwide. The sequel, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” released in 2008 and grossed $419M worldwide. The third film in the franchise was called “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and it hit theaters in 2010 and made $415M globally.
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