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Narnia series on Netflix

Postby bookworm » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:55 am

The Chronicles of Narnia Facebook wrote:Great news Narnia fans! You are officially the first to hear about our new deal with Netflix.

Hollywood, Calif. - October 3, 2018 -- Netflix will develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series. Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features. In total the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.

“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.”

“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television. “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.”
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Re: Narnia series on Netflix

Postby Petrichor » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:27 pm

Haha, I was looking for this on the other thread. I'm cautiously optimistic! I've always heard that some of the Narnia stories don't translate well to film because they're too episodic, so I'm interested to see which books Netflix chooses to adapt to a series rather than a film.

Personally, I would like to see them make something other than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, at least for the first movie. That's already been done several times, and I feel like if they really want to capture people's interest, they should go for something that hasn't had a movie yet. I would love to see them start with The Magician's Nephew. I've always really wanted to see it turned into a movie, and I was so heartbroken when Walden Media stopped production on the movies without making it. :(
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Re: Narnia series on Netflix

Postby bookworm » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:27 pm

"Netflix notes that this is the first time the rights to all seven books have been held by the same company, indicating that this could be the first time that the series is adapted in its entirety."

I'm glad to hear Douglas Gresham is on board, that's a good sign. Cautiously optimistic about the news; hoping it's being done for genuine reasons and not just a cash grab for a recognizable IP.
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Re: Narnia series on Netflix

Postby Catspaw » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:11 pm

I have high hopes that Netflix will do the series justice. They have a decent track record with putting money and quality into book projects. I'm thinking of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," for example, which has 13 books, and which Netflix did great casting for and stayed true to the books overall, with any changes or additions mostly feeling like a good fit and necessary to convert a book to a film. That also had significant involvement from the author. Like bookworm, I like hearing that Douglas Gresham is connected, at least in some way.

Petrichor, I like the idea of starting with "The Magician's Nephew." :yes:
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Re: Narnia series on Netflix

Postby The Top Crusader » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:46 am

I in theory prefer published order, BUT since there is a longstanding tradition of starting a Narnia series and it never makes it to the end, I'd be cool with them starting somewhere different for once.

But they should start with the Last Battle to really confuse people.
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