Netflix to Develop Chronicles of Narnia Series, Films

Netflix just announced that they have acquired rights to C.S. Lewis’ fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia and will develop multiple productions based upon the beloved books. This is the first time that one company has held the rights to all seven books in the series. Hopefully this means that we have plenty of stories from Narnia to look forward to in the coming years.

The Narnia books were first published in the early to mid-1950s, and the seven novels have sold over 100 million copies. “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.”

Netflix, alongside producers Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) and Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber, has promised episodic series and feature-length films based upon the Narnia stories. “It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia,” said Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis. 

Of course, this isn’t the first time Narnia has appeared on our screens. The books have been adapted multiple times since their publication, most notably as a four-part BBC series from 1988-1990; and the 2005 film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and its sequels, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader released by Walden Media in 2008 and 2010 respectively. While the first film in this series received great acclaim, the others seemed to fall flat. Another sequel, The Silver Chair, has long been rumored, but with the Netflix acquisition, it would appear that we are going to be starting over again.

Are you excited for a Narnia reboot? Which stories do you most want to see? Chime in to the conversation in the comments below!