Netflix Is Developing New Chronicles of Narnia Movies, and Now We're Craving Turkish Delight
Calling all fantasy book fans: we have some exciting news that'll make you believe in magic again. Netflix nabbed the rights to develop brand new TV series and films based on C.S. Lewis's most revered series, The Chronicles of Narnia, in 2018, and now the streaming giant has hired Coco scribe Matthew Aldrich to oversee all the live-action adaptations. Is anyone else suddenly craving Turkish Delight?
The multiyear adaptation deal was first announced and confirmed on Facebook in October 2018, where the franchise's official page spilled some enchanting details about what to expect.
"C.S. Lewis's beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer. "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."
Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis's stepson and one of the future producers for both the movies and series, added, "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."
Though the announcement didn't hint at any sort of possible release dates for the forthcoming movies and series, it did provide an interesting tidbit about the gravity of the acquisition. The deal is the first time that a singular company has ever owned the rights to all seven books of the magical Narnia universe. Various production companies, including Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, have produced films focused on specific books from the series, including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), but Netflix will be in charge of adapting all seven novels.
In Netflix's recent statement about the upcoming adaptation, the company noted that "Aldrich will work across both series and film and serve as a creative architect on all projects under the deal." We don't yet know if that means Netflix plans on adapting the stories faithfully from Lewis' novels, or if the films and TV series will be more of a creative endeavor simply inspired by the original characters featured.
Needless to say, devoted fans of C.S. Lewis have been practically jumping for joy over the thought of having their favorite fantasy series brought to life on the screen yet again since the initial announcement in October. Ahead, read through just a sampling of reactions from people who can't contain their excitement over the news.